Exclusive: Ghosts' Mathew Baynton teases more deaths in season 4

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Photo credit: Mark Johnson - BBC
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Ghosts just aired its Christmas specialguest starring comedy legend Jennifer Saunders –and the good news is that the fourth series is set to start production early in the New Year.

Teasing what we can expect in season 4, star and co-creator Mathew Baynton has shared that everyone behind the scenes has been thinking hard about ways to keep the show fresh and exciting.

"We know that people are excited by finding out the mysteries that we still have left, but we also know that once they're gone, that will be a shame," he exclusively told Digital Spy.

"So we're seeping things out in a way that, I hope, is as fun for the audience as it is for us. There's a couple more backstories in the next series."

Photo credit: Mark Johnson - BBC
Photo credit: Mark Johnson - BBC

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Baynton continued: "I think it's fair to say you'll find out one of the deaths that is as yet unexplained, but they'll still be more unexplained for the future."

He also told us that the team figure out the various backstories as they go along, rather than having it all mapped out from the start, stating: "Every time we're brainstorming ideas, there'll be things that don't necessarily immediately bloom into an episode, but stay in our consciousness.

"Very, very early on, in the conception of the first series, we talked about the rich possibility of flashbacks and the most obvious thing being showing people how they died. But we were keen immediately as well to do flashbacks that weren't about their deaths, so it didn't become a format point, because then you get into a situation where you just reveal their deaths one-by-one and then the series is kind of over."

He added: "That's the fun of it, in a way. It's kind of coming up with different ways of visiting their lives, whether it's an important moment in their life or whether it's their death. So yeah, there are some where we have had ideas quite a long time ago, which we're still holding on to. Cards that we haven't played yet.

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Photo credit: BBC

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"And then sometimes those ideas that we had a while back and then when we get to them we'll twist them and kind of go 'oh actually, we always thought we would do this with their flashback, but I think we're going to do the opposite'. And we'll sometimes surprise ourselves with how their backstory plays itself out."

Baynton noted that it "almost feels like a process of discovery with ideas", adding: "You throw them around until you kind of land on the right one. And you kind of know it's the right one because it just feels right."

Ghosts' Christmas special is available to watch via BBC iPlayer.

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