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Charlotte Ritchie and Kiell Smith-Bynoe in BBC sitcom Ghosts

One of everything: Kiell Smith-Bynoe

One of everything: Kiell Smith-Bynoe


The star of the ghoulishly good BBC sitcom Ghosts (which is back for a new series) talks to us exclusively about his recent cultural highlights

By Virgin TV Edit

First airing in April 2019, Ghosts told the story of Alison (Charlotte Ritchie, Fresh Meat) and Mike (Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Stath Lets Flats), a young married couple who inherit a sprawling old house that just so happens to be haunted.


Co-created by Mathew Baynton, Jim Howick and other cast members from Horrible Histories, it became something of a sleeper hit, praised equally for its smarts and its silliness. And now it’s back for a second run. (If you missed series 1, the whole thing is currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.)

Series 2 finds Alison and Mike struggling to turn their house into the hotel of their dreams. In an effort to make some quick cash, the pair rent out their home for events – but their new venture doesn’t quite go according to plan…


After a spooky photo goes viral, Alison and Mike come up with a new plan to use the ghosts as extras for a haunted-house experience. The question is, will the freaky inhabitants be up for it?


Ghosts is back and ready to raise your spirits. Ahead of the first episode of series 2, we spoke exclusively with Kiell Smith-Bynoe about which shows, films, podcasts and more have caught his attention…


TV Show: Succession

I recently watched all of Succession, which is incredible. I’m fuming that there’s not more!


Film: Win It All

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

It’s an indie film that stars the guy from New Girl (Jake Johnson). You have to search for it on Netflix. Someone recommended that to me and that was good. I’ve also recently watched The Hateful Eight, Jackie Brown and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – which is long.


App: Gemini

I’ve discovered this app recently and it deletes all your duplicate photos on your phone. Anything you’ve got more than one of, it’ll show you what the best one is and delete the rest. I find I do most of my photo deleting on the train, but because I haven’t been on the train my camera roll is getting stocked up!


Video game: Tomb Raider (sort of)

I’m not a game fan at all. One of my closest friend groups talk about gaming non-stop, things like Call Of Duty. I’m sick of it! I used to play Tomb Raider quite a lot when I was younger.


YouTube: The Norris Nuts

Find it on YouTube (CH 198)

I accidentally – I don’t know how this happened – subscribed to a YouTube channel called The Norris Nuts. They’re a family in Australia who do challenges and things like that. And they’re absolutely, filthy stinking rich from YouTube. It’s really stupid stuff, like who can eat the most bananas in a day. It’s almost like I like being annoyed by them.


Podcast: Three Shots Of Tequila

I love listening to podcasts when I’m doing the washing up or when I’m doing errands around the house. Three Shots Of Tequila is one of my favourites. It’s just three guys chatting. I’ve featured on it a couple of times. It’s fun to hear their take on current events.


Documentary: The Last Dance

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

It’s great. I didn’t realise the influence the Chicago Bulls had on me as a child, despite the fact I didn’t watch basketball. I remember being a kid and wanting the Bulls merch even though I wasn’t a fan of the sport.


Guilty pleasure: Carmen Sandiego

Find it in Apps & Games > Netflix

I’ve been watching this cartoon called Carmen Sandiego and I’m halfway through series 2. I don’t really know what’s going on, but I’m really enjoying it. That might be the closest to a guilty pleasure. That and Ariana Grande’s last album.


When is Ghosts on TV?

Series 2 starts at 8.30pm on Monday 21 September on BBC One HD (CH 101/108). Episodes will be available to watch after broadcast in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer.


Series 1 of Ghosts is currently available to watch in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer.

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Image credits: Ghosts © BBC/Monumental Television/Steven Peskett