BBC One confirms return of crime drama Death in Paradise

BBC One confirms return of crime drama Death in Paradise

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Sun-soaked crime drama Death in Paradise will be returning for an eighth series.

Ardal O’Hanlon will be back in 2019 as happy-go-lucky detective DI Mooney in the programme, currently airing its seventh series on BBC One.

O’Hanlon joined the show in 2017, replacing Kris Marshall who had played DI Humphrey Goodman for three series.

Set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie, DI Mooney heads up a team of detectives solving murder mysteries among the idyllic beaches and lush forests of the Caribbean.

Since launching in 2011, the show has attracted huge audiences and a range of guest stars including Sian Gibson (Car Share), Line of Duty’s Martin Compston and Harry Potter’s Matthew Lewis.

The recent series launched with an audience of over 8.2m – drawing nearly a third of the total audience. 

Executive Producer Tim Key spoke of his excitement at the return, saying,  “We’re delighted to be returning to Saint Marie for more fun and intrigue - as well as some big surprises. It’s a joy to work on a show that is so loved by its audience and we can’t wait to head back to Guadeloupe and start filming later this year.”

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