BBC and Britbox have confirmed that a Death in Paradise spin-off series has been commissioned and can see the return of Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman. Kris played the lead in the favored BBC series within the show’s third, fourth and fifth seasons before he was replaced by Ardal O’Hanlon.
Death in Paradise is certainly one of the BBC’s hottest dramas because it is ready to enter its twelfth season in the approaching months.
Its success saw it as certainly one of the primary shows to return to production after the coronavirus pandemic hiatus in 2020.
Calls for a spin-off series and the return of DI Humphrey Goodman have been circling for a couple of years, and now viewers’ prayers have been answered.
BritBox Chief Creative Officer Diederick Santer described the spin-off as a “no brainer” and added: “Familiarity is so key.
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“That comes with well-known IP, spin-offs, talent and placement. That is so vital and really cuts through.
“We wish to challenge producers a bit,” said Santer. “In case you say you would like an excessive amount of crime and mystery, it’s too formal.”
The show, Beyond Paradise, will air on BBC One within the UK and Britbox International in chosen countries.
The BBC has also revealed that Sally Bretton, who plays Martha Lloyd will reunite with Kris’s character.
“One among the show’s hottest characters, the endearingly awkward and moderately unconventional DI Humphrey Goodman, led the island’s police team in solving essentially the most mysterious of murders.
“Nonetheless, when Humphrey fell hopelessly in love with island tourist Martha Lloyd, he decided to go away the sun-soaked paradise to follow her back to the colder climes of the UK,” the series description reads.
“In search of 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.”
Kris said himself: “I had one of the best time playing Humphrey out in Guadeloupe, and whilst I used to be delighted that he got his completely satisfied ending with Martha, I all the time 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.”
Executive Producer for programme-makers Red Planet Pictures, Tim Key, said: “We all the time knew there have been more Humphrey Goodman tales to be told and with the good Tony Jordan leading the writing team, bringing all of the Death in Paradise spirit, humour and joy to this brand recent, original series, we are able to’t wait to start.
“While Humphrey is used to contending with fiendishly clever puzzles, the largest challenge of all is navigating his private life and checking out what happens beyond the ‘completely satisfied ever after’.
“We’re delighted to be working with Kris and Sally again and creating a bit little bit of Paradise within the UK.”
Kris left the show back in 2017 and claimed the explanation he left the show was that his son was becoming “too Caribbean”.
During an appearance on Lorraine back in 2020, he explained: “Well, the thing is, 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 highschool.
“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 highschool, so the show needed to go.
“Six months later, I’m standing on a movie set in a carpark in Dagenham at 4am, pondering, ‘Have I made the suitable decision?'”
Beyond Paradise will air on BBC One within the UK and BritBox internationally.