Kris Marshall left the BBC show in 2017 when his awkward yet loveable character decided to go away Saint Marie to be along with his love Martha Lloyd (played by Sally Bretton) back within the UK. Now, Death in Paradise fans will have the option to see how his life has panned out in spin-off Beyond Paradise, which the actor spoke about on The One Show last week.
Talking to hosts Roman Kemp and Ronan Keating, Kris revealed that the plans for a branch-off of Death in Paradise had been within the talks for some time but was stopped as a result of covid.
He said: “The sensible Tony Jordan wrote a few scripts and we got the spin-off.
“It’s very similar in its vein, the most important themes are the identical but it is rather unique as well.”
The actor told viewers that the series can be filmed in Cornwall within the South West of England and it’ll still be paradise but of a unique kind.
Roman asked Kris if there have been any famous faces joining the forged that viewers can expect to see within the spin-off.
He teased: “Well aside from myself, none as of yet but watch this space!”
Prying to get more information out of the tight-lipped star, Ronan desired to know if he was capable of share any information on the storylines.
Kris said: “We’re mainly following Humphrey and his girlfriend Martha’s journey as they move in with the mother-in-law down within the South West.
“His recent role is because the detective inspector of the local constabulary, plenty of fun.”
In an appearance on Lorraine back in 2020, the actor revealed that he decided to go away the BBC show as his son was becoming “too Caribbean”.
He said: “After doing 4 great years on Guadeloupe, the island where we filmed Death in Paradise, I realised I actually needed to get my son to high school.
“He was becoming a bit too Caribbean… He refused to wear shoes, he would only drink coconut water and eat pineapple.
“He was excellent on the beach but not so good with maths and English. I made a decision it was time to get him back to high school, so the show needed to go.”
Although the BBC is yet to announce the total forged, it’s revealed that Sally can be reprising her role as Martha within the six-part spin-off.
A synopsis for the upcoming series reads: “Searching for a quieter life away from the stress of town, Humphrey has taken a job as Detective Inspector in fiancée Martha’s hometown.
“Nonetheless, they soon find that country life is anything but peaceful and Humphrey can’t help but be distracted by the town’s surprisingly high crime rate with a recent, and really different, case difficult him each week.”
Previously, Kris spoke about Beyond Paradise and shared his excitement to reprise his role of DI Humphreys five years on.
He said: “I had the perfect time playing Humphrey out in Guadeloupe, and whilst I used to be delighted that he got his glad ending with Martha, I at all times desired to know what happened next.
“So it’s a joy to be putting his crumpled jacket back on and seeing how life has panned out for him back within the UK.”
Although there’s yet to be a confirmed release date for the series, it’s believed that it is going to air on BBC One within the UK and streaming service Britbox in America, sometime in 2023.
Death in Paradise is obtainable to observe on BBC iPlayer.