The barmy ghosts that inhabit Button House are back. BBC One’s Ghosts returned to television screens in the British Isles on Monday, 21 September 2020 with the second series premiere episode.
The series, with a cast that is uniformly exceptional, continues to prove it has the comedic chops to carry a six episode situation comedy. Fanny jokes, not getting old any time soon, remain a staple of British humour.
All cast members, inclusive of Charlotte Ritchie, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Laurence Rickard, Lolly Adefope, Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Ben Willbond, Katy Wix, and Yani Xander can be seen playing their series one characters.
Alison Cooper’s dream of turning Button House into a viable five-star hotel and spa, briefly realised at the beginning of the second series, was nothing more than a dream sequence.
The reality, as we soon discover, shows that these dreams Alison and Mike Cooper established in the first series have hit several roadblocks.
The most prominent of these issues, located in the basement, is a plague pit that dates back to at least the mid-fourteenth century. Naturally, considering the state of the property, potential buys are immediately put off.
Alison and Mike, reconsidering their position, decide to rent out the larger rooms in the property for events. There is however one tiny snag: the ghosts. Each episode essentially revolves around Alison and Mike, never getting old or stale, trying to find new inventive ways to deal with the ghosts.
The second series premiere episode, The Grey Lady, reveals Lady Fanny Button is far more photogenic than anyone could possibly imagine. When a photographer takes promotional shots of the various good bits, on reviewing the imagines, he soon discovers Lady Fanny is in almost every image. A photo of Lady Fanny, after the photographer posts it to social media, goes viral. A throng of ghost hunters descends on Button House.
Whilst it doesn’t take long for Alison to realise she could monetise the hauntings, there is one thing she doesn’t account for. You’ve guessed it: the ghosts. Most of the ghosts, except for disgraced Conservative Member of Parliament Julian Fawcett, refuse to make their presence felt.
Julian, died with his trousers down, was at the centre of a sex scandal. The Tory MP, if Alison buys him a smart phone, is prepared to do a few poltergeisty tricks. With nothing going how Alison expects, having to fake ghostly happenings, the guests immediately suspect the viral image a hoax.
The second episode is scheduled to hit television screens Monday, 28 September 2020 and the remaining four episodes will be televised on following consecutive Mondays.
Ghosts, co-created by Baynton, Farnaby, Howe-Douglas, Howick, Rickard, and Willbond, will return in December 2020 with a Christmas Special. The situation comedy, not ending with the Christmas Special, is scheduled to return in 2021 with a third series.
Whilst there has been talk of an American adaptation, given what unfolded with such US remakes of Absolutely Fabulous, The Inbetweeners, and The IT Crowd, one should remember not all British comedies translate well.