Death in Paradise season nine concludes tonight (Thursday, February 27) on BBC One. The popular detective drama has been on our screens in 2011 but will the much-loved show be back for another series? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Will there be another series of Death in Paradise?
There is good news for fans on BBC crime drama, Death in Paradise, the long-running series will be back for a tenth series.
The news of season 10 was announced at the same time season nine was given the green light.
In a statement announcing the double renewal, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor Tommy Bulfin said: “We are delighted to announce that Death in Paradise is coming back to BBC1.
“The show is a jewel in our roster of top drama and we are thrilled that it’s returning.”
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Executive Producer at Red Planet Pictures Tim Key added: “We’re over the moon with the response to series eight and can’t wait to get back to Guadeloupe to start filming the new series.
“It’s an honour to be part of a show which is so loved by its audience and the decision to commission two series shows how much it is valued by the BBC.
“We’re excited to let the audience get to know our new characters better whilst also throwing some major surprises into the mix along the way – and of course solving the odd murder or sixteen.”
Concerns were previously raised by creator and writer Robert Thorogood who said in 2017, a hard Brexit could make filming the show in Guadeloupe difficult.
But for now, at least, it seems like this does not seem to be a problem for the show.
Death in Paradise season 10 is expected to air in January 2021.
Filming for season nine began in May 2019, so filming for the new series is expected to follow suit on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
The renewal does not come as much a surprise, considering since its launch in 2011, Death In Paradise remains one of television’s highest-rating dramas.
For example, series eight alone pulled in an average of more than seven million consolidated viewers. The figures for the most recent series have not yet been released.
The tenth series will see Ralph Little come into his own as DI Neville Parker.
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The Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star took over from Ardal O’Hanlon who played DI Jack Mooney, halfway through season nine, so it the tenth series will see him take centre stage.
Speaking to the Metro, Little has already opened up about his plans for season 10.
He said: “‘I’ve got roughly four months. I want to get my French in order, obviously [Neville] speaks English but it would be nice to speak French on the island. ‘So I have to work on my French.”
He added: “And my physique. Neville is not somebody we’re going to see coming out with the sea like James Bond, he’s probably allergic to everything in the sea.
“But there may be a scene that they write in where it’s like, ‘Oh Neville’s having a shower’, and then he sees Harry and he runs out of the shower
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“What I want to happen on the day of shooting, when they go, “Okay, can you…?’
“I’ll just take my T-shirt off and they’ll go, ‘Wait a second. Why are you ripped?’
“Neville is not meant to be ripped but I’m going to give them no choice. I’ve never bothered to be motivated before so I’m going to be like, ‘Right, just in case’.”
O’Hanlon announced he would be leaving Death in Paradise in October 2019..
In a statement, he said: “I’ve spent the last four summers in Guadeloupe playing DI Jack Mooney (solving over 20 murder cases in my time there!)
“It’s been a hugely rewarding and unforgettable experience, working with incredibly talented actors, directors and crew while discovering a magical part of the world.
“However, it’s time to move on and explore other opportunities – preferably nearer the Arctic Circle.”
Previous DI’s on the island include Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman and Ben Miller as DI Richard Poole.
Death in Paradise season 9 is streaming on BBC iPlayer now
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