Ghosts Sir Plunkett and Lady Gravelina Hardcore are shocked to find that the house they have haunted since Elizabethan times is being demolished. A newspaper advertisement informs them that the local MP offers weekly drop-ins for residents with problems. They decide to visit the MP, borrowing some contemporary clothes from a shop before doing so. He however proves to be ineffective - partly due to the shock of having the two ghostly figures appear before him. The ghosts continue on their mission, meeting the Under-secretary of the Ministry of Ruins. The Under-secretary, himself a keen but inept magician, is so impressed with the paranormal phenomena that in return for tutoring in magic tricks he finds the ghosts a new house to haunt.