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Ghosts Christmas special on BBC1 - release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know

Ghosts Christmas special
(Image credit: BBC/Monumental Television/Guido Mandozzi)

The Ghosts Christmas special will be lots of fun!

The Ghosts Christmas special, called The Ghost of Christmas, promises to be one of the highlights of the BBC’s Christmas TV line-up.

Ghosts season 2, available to watch now on iPlayer, has been a huge hit as it follows young couple Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) as they struggle to live in a huge house packed with naughty ghosts.

Kiell Smith-Bynoe says: “It’s great and it feels pretty Christmassy! I’ve never done a Christmas special before. I’m not much of a Christmas person, I am close to a Grinch, but it’s exciting! I even wear a very comfortable reindeer outfit!”

Fans will be delighted to hear that not only will there be a festive special, there will also be a third series.

Ghosts Christmas special on BBC1 release date - when will it air?

The Ghosts Christmas special will air on Wednesday 23rd December at 8.30pm on BBC1. It is 30 minutes long.

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What’s the plot?

Julian in Ghosts

We will learn more about Julian in the festive episode

Alison and Mike are hosting Christmas for the first time at Button House. Mike is determined that everything should go smoothly and that his parents will have a nice relaxing time. However, with a house full of ghosts anything can happen! As for the ghosts, they’re not big fans of Christmas.

Turns out the festive season isn’t so much fun if you’re dead. Julian has a case of the ghost of Christmas past when a new arrival forces him to confront his old behaviour. And he has a revelation that could help the ghosts rediscover the real message of Christmas.

In the second series we’ve got to know some of Julian’s past and Simon Farnaby, who plays him, says this continues.

“We see some of his family life [in season two] and in the Christmas special we draw upon that and we get to find out about his home life and he even learns a couple of lessons about life. Part of the joy of the show is to learn to value life and think about what happens when it’s not there anymore, what that means and the people you have left behind.”

Who’s in the cast of the Ghosts Christmas special?

Charlotte Ritchie and Kiell Smith-Bynoe return as Alison and Mike. And all the ghosts return. They’re Lady Button (Martha Howe-Douglas), Thomas Thorne (Mat Baynton), Julian (Simon Farnaby), Pat (Jim Howick), The Captain (Ben Willbond), Kitty (Lolly Adefope) and Mary (Katy Wix).

Is there a trailer?

Well there's some glimpses in the BBC Christmas trailer... including Kitty driving Alison mad as normal!


What else do we know?

Well, this isn’t the end of the fun as series three is in the pipeline. A good fact is that the house that doubles for Button Hall in the series is in Surrey. And it is actually owned by ex University Challenge host Bamber Gascoigne!

The Ghosts Christmas special will air on Wednesday 23rd December at 8.30pm on BBC1 (see our TV guide for more shows to enjoy).