THE Captain has been arguably the most secretive character on BBC Ghosts since the show debuted in 2019.
Throughout the first four seasons, viewers learned more about the other ghosts’ lives and deaths. All the while, Cap remained a mystery.
The biggest insight into The Captain’s past came in series 2 with “Redding Weddy”. It co-written by Ben Willbond (who plays The Captain) and Simon Farnaby (who plays Julian).
The episode aired in October 2020 and it implies The Captain had romantic feelings for his second-in-command, Lt Havers (Peter Sandys-Clarke).
The pair were stationed together at Button House during the early stages of World War 2.
Unfortunately, Havers transferred to North Africa to take part in the combat, leaving The Captain behind.
As mentioned, the episode left The Captain’s feelings mostly ambiguous until the very end, when Cap sadly remembered Havers leaving Button House.
What was The Captain’s real name?
The Captain’s real name was not revealed until near the end of BBC Ghosts series 5.
As one of the show’s biggest unanswered mysteries, the penultimate mystery finally revealed all.
In the episode “Carpe Diem”, written by Willbond and Laurence Rickard (Robin/Humphrey), viewers learn The Captain’s name is James.
In flashbacks, we see The Captain sneak into a veterans’ event at Button House after the war ended.
To blend in, he takes the medals of another soldier – despite not actually having served in combat himself.
Cap is briefly reunited with Havers, who as we learn is called Anthony.
He dies of a heart attack, surrounded by Havers and other soldiers, after being called out for his deception.
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