Now this is excellent news. We’re huge fans of Horrible Histories, Yonderland, and the movie Bill around these parts. Uniting the talents of Jim Howick, Ben Willbond, Matthew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas and Laurence Rickard, their work is fused with Monty Python influences. And it’s very, very funny. Family friendly, as well.
We’re delighted to hear, then, that the BBC has commissioned them for a new sitcom. What’s more, this is a big BBC One production, running for six half-hour episodes.
It’s entitled Ghosts, and it’ll star, is written by, and executive produced by the core six.
The synopsis reads…
The crumbling country pile of Button Hall is home to numerous restless spirits who have died there over the centuries – each ghost very much a product of their time, resigned to squabbling with each other for eternity over the most inane of daily gripes. But their lives – or, rather, afterlives – are thrown into turmoil when a young urban couple – Alison and Mike – surprisingly inherit the peaceful derelict house and make plans to turn it into a bustling family hotel. As the ghosts attempt to oust the newcomers from their home, and Mike and Alison discover the true scale of the project they’ve taken on, fate conspires to trap both sides in an impossible house share, where every day is, literally, a matter of life and death.
Bridging horror and comedy, with an irreverent tone this troupe have made their own, Ghosts is the first BBC One project for the central sextet of Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.
No idea when we’re getting it yet. But lord, we can’t wait.