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Ghosts season 4: cast, plot, and all you need to know

Ghosts Season 4 will feature Robin and co.
Ghosts Season 4 will feature Robin and co. (Image credit: BBC/Monumental Television/Robbie Gray)

Ghosts season 4 promises to be just as wonderfully funny as the previous series.

Ghosts, which stars ex-Call the Midwife actress Charlotte Ritchie as a woman who can see ghosts for real, has been one of the BBC's biggest comedy hits for years and it's even spawned a Ghosts US version.

The creators say: "We are thrilled to be returning to Button House for a fourth series. We have an exciting batch of new stories in store and can’t wait to share the next chapter."

And don't forget there's a Ghosts Christmas 2021 special to enjoy, which you can still catch on iPlayer.

Here's everything we know about the new series...

Ghosts season 4 release date

Ghosts season 4 is likely to start on BBC1 in autumn 2022, although this is still to be confirmed.

Filming has now finished, which means it's almost certainly going to be back this year. 

Star Martha Howe-Douglas tweeted: "I’m wrapped on S4 of #BBCGhosts! Huge thanks to our incredible cast & crew who work so tirelessly to make the show what it is. I feel very lucky to call this my job, and can’t wait for the doors of Button House to reopen to show you what we’ve been up to!"

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Ghosts season 4 plot

Jim Howick as nice ghost Pat in BBC's Ghosts

What's next for Pat in the new series? (Image credit: BBC/Button Hall Productions/Mark Johnson)

The BBC has teased some plot details: "When we return for series 4, Button House is open for business, well, the gatehouse is. Can Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) make a success of the humble B&B or will the interfering ghosts once again scupper their plans?"

We also will again delve into the back stories of the ghosts. How did they die? What were they like when they were alive? It will be interesting to see if there are any celebrity cameos. 

Ghosts season 4 cast

Alison (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe) will return as the owners of Button House. Martha Howe-Douglas plays Lady Fanny Button, who started to thaw somewhat in series 3 and even turned detective at one point! 

While Mathew Baynton will return as Thomas Thorne, who briefly switched his affections away from Alison in the most recent series. 

Jim Howick will again play loveable Pat Butcher, while Ben Willbond returns as the Captain, who likes to keep everything in military order. 

Plus there will be Katy Wix as Mary, Laurence Rickard as Robin/Humphrey’s Head, Simon Farnaby as MP Julian Fawcett, and Lolly Adefope as Kitty. 

Is there a trailer?

Sadly not yet.

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