Ghosts Christmas Special review – an ending so beautiful it will bring a tear to your eye
For its third seasonal outing, a panto by Button Hall’s dead residents ends up being genuinely moving. We’re all better off with this joyful sitcom in our lives
There are not many shows on television that can get away with serving up such child-pleasing lines as: “Jog on, hairy bum!” while simultaneously having, as one of its main characters, a sleazy, smut-loving MP who permanently has his pants down. Such is the joy of Ghosts (BBC One), the sitcom from the Horrible Histories team that aims to appeal both to adults and children and almost always gets it spot on. It rightfully earned itself the honour of a Christmas special in series two and has continued this lovely tradition ever since.
Now we are into its third festive edition, and having previously dealt with the meaning of Christmas, and Santa himself (sort of), it’s time to tackle pantomimes. Alison and Mike are planning to spend Christmas Day away from Button House with Mike’s family. Given that Mike can’t actually see or hear the ghosts Alison spends the vast majority of her time communicating with, this does seem like a more reciprocal arrangement. The ghosts are mildly perturbed to be left to their own devices, but Alison has promised them gifts, so they decide to prepare a gift for her in return by putting on their very own, self-produced panto.