Ghosts: Season four trailer released by BBC

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Alison (played by Charlotte Ritchie) and Mike (played by Kiell Smith-Bynoe) return to Button House on Christmas Day for a brand new festive episode along with the rest of the Ghosts. Speaking at a special screening of the Christmas special, Charlotte shared her excitement at the new instalment and success of the BBC series. 

Fans of the series enjoyed a preview of the episode earlier this month followed by a Q&A with the cast.

After watching the episode, Charlotte commented: “I think the thing that’s so joyful to experience is everyone enjoying the bits you enjoy.

“By this stage I feel like I am now a viewer and a participant so I watch all of the characters do the things I know that they love to do and the little tiny idiosyncratic things that they chime in in the group perspective.

“You know what the Captain is going to feel, you know what Robin is going to feel and the kind of communal joy of that.

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“That’s why I loved watching this, knowing that everyone was understanding it from the same perspective the love of each character. 

“And that’s a really nice thing to kind of enjoy in general which we obviously love while we’re doing it, but it’s really different to do that communally.”

In the most recent series, fans said goodbye to beloved ghost Mary (Katy Wix).

Mary was the ghost of a peasant woman who burned at the stake at some point in the 17th century.

Mary finally plucked up the courage to tell her story before finding peace and leaving Button House forever.

Writer and executive producer Laurence Rickard, who also plays Robin and Humphrey’s head, addressed Mary’s departure.

“It was a very amicable and the loveliest possible way that sort of thing can happen,” he began.

“Katie, who as everyone knows, is tremendously busy and now, multi-hyphenate author and actor as well.

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“She felt the time was right, for her to go and thankfully, also felt that she could do part of the series so that we could give the character a proper send off,” he continued.

“We found a way of doing it that worked for everyone and for a show going into its fourth series, it always felt like something nice [to have a Ghost move on].

“We always said as a concept from really early episodes that as a ghost, there was no rhyme or reason to when you went.

“And, it was quite nice to go, that wasn’t something we said for the sake of the story and that followed through.”

Laurence added: “To do an episode like that where it’s happens at the start and there’s isn’t any building up to it and having sort of a faux-drama.

“You do not see it coming in and then it dealt with the sort of the fallout from it, with grief. It felt like a nice way of handling that as a subject matter.”

Meanwhile, the Ghosts Christmas special begins with the owners of Button House heading off to celebrate the festivities with Mike’s parents while the Ghosts are left behind with a special gift each picked out by Alison.

The Ghosts plan to prepare a special present of their own for Alison in return.

Ghosts Christmas Special airs on BBC One on Christmas Day at 7.25pm.

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