BBC orders spooky new sitcom Ghosts from makers of Horrible Histories

BBC bosses have more than a ghost of a chance of a hit after handing the team behind Horrible Histories their own sitcom.

BBC1’s Ghosts will feature the gang from the award-winning CBBC show playing, as the title suggests, dead people.

The restless spirits have all died in crumbling country pile Button Hall over the centuries and their afterlives are about to be rudely interrupted by the arrival of young couple Alison and Mike, who plan to turn the derelict house into a hotel.

Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Hawick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond will essentially be making a six-part narrative version of Horrible ­Histories for grown-ups.

BBC comedy guru Shane Allen says: “The core gang play ghosts from different points in history – one is a Tory MP who might have died in some sexual incident.”

Another upcoming gem is a live special of BBC2’s Inside No 9 for Halloween, in which the half-hour tale from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith is broadcast to the nation live.

Other comedies to look forward to before the end of the year include a second run of Motherland and the return of surreal classic Vic and Bob’s Big Night Out.

There will also be a celebration of Lenny Henry’s 60th birthday, hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald.

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