UKTV has commissioned a second series, plus Christmas special, of it’s original sitcom Marley’s Ghosts.
The show was one of several new commissions unveiled by the broadcaster last year and quickly became the second highest rated show on Gold in 2015, drawing an average audience of 432k, up 337% on slot, for the premiere episode.
In the first series audiences discovered Marley’s (Sarah Alexander) rare ability that she can talk to the dead, which sadly includes her husband Adam (John Hannah), her lover Michael (Nicholas Burns) and the local Vicar (Jo Joyner). So began a bizarre ménage-a-quatre, with Adam, Michael and the Vicar all moving in, albeit in ghostly form, to Marley’s home.
The second series sees magistrate Marley trying to live her life while sharing her house with three ghosts. Marley is put through the minefield of moody teenagers, jealous neighbours, and new romances, while her resident ghosts continue to inflict havoc along the way.
Simon Lupton, UKTV’s Senior Commissioning Editor, said: “The pilot run of Marley’s Ghosts received an overwhelmingly positive response from our viewers. Launching scripted comedies can be a challenge so we are incredibly proud of this series and its performance and couldn’t wait to give Danny Peacock the go ahead to take us back into that world.
“We are happy to announce that the fantastic cast of Sarah Alexander, John Hannah, Nicholas Burns and Jo Joyner are returning to the series and will be bringing Marley, Adam, Michael and the Vicar back to life (so to speak) for us.”
Steve North, General Manager for Gold added: “Marley’s Ghosts connected brilliantly with the Gold audience and we are delighted to welcome it back for a full series. We are all in high spirits to see the superb cast return to our screens later this year.”