POPULAR Death In Paradise mixes murder with mirth – and features the best backdrop on TV.
The BBC drama, filmed in the Caribbean, has just finished its ninth run, so can we expect a tenth outing? Here's all the details.
When will Death In Paradise series 10 be on BBC One?
Good news for fans of the sun, sea, and sin series – it's going to be back for a tenth time.
The BBC confirmed the crime drama, set in the fictional island of Saint Marie, had been recommissioned for two new series after season eight had aired.
And with number nine finishing on February 27, 2020, we can look forward to it returning in 2021.
Death In Paradise usually airs its new series in January – with filming in Guadeloupe starting around May 2020.
Who will be in the cast for series ten?
Only Elizabeth Bourgine and Don Warrington have featured in every season of Death In Paradise so far.
And there's no reason to suggest they will be missing from the tenth series.
They play Catherine Bordey, the island's mayor, and Selwyn Patterson, Police Commissioner.
Danny John Jules, who played Officer Dwayne Myers from the very first episode, exited after series seven, with Josephine Jobert's DS Florence Cassell leaving in series eight.
Ralf Little replaced Ardal O'Hanlon's DI Jack Mooney, who himself took over from DI Humphrey Goodman, played by Kris Marshall.
Ben Miller was the first to play the island detective, but DI Richard Poole was killed off at the beginning of season three with DI Goodman called in to solve the case.
So here's who's left in the show:
Ralf Little as DI Neville Parker
Well, it looks like DI Parker is here to say as the allergy-sufferer turned up at Catherine's bar instead of flying home to Manchester.
The final episode of series nine saw the insect-bite ridden DI make a 360° turn and decide to remain on the island.
He asked his team: "I'd love to be your DI permanently… if you'd have me."
And of course they all said YES – much to the disgust of the commissioner, who's not his biggest fan.
The Royle Family and Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet of Crisps actor joined the show during series nine, taking over from Ardal O'Hanlon.
Ralf told the Express he loved every minute.
He said: "I think I started to annoy everyone with my relentless positivity because I just loved it.
“I have no cynicism about the whole thing.
“It was everything that I hoped and dreamed it would be."
Aude Legastelois as DS Madeleine Dumas
Aude made her debut during series eight and was back as a regular in season nine.
She said: "I can't wait for Madeleine to be fully integrated into the Honoré Police team and for the viewers to get to know her further."
The French actress played Melinda Black in mini-series TV and had a role in movie Budapest. She said of Death In Paradise
Tobi Bakare as Officer JP Hooper
Series nine ended with the police officer passing his sergeant's exam – so we're bound to see more of his journey in series 10.
We also know that his wife Rosie is pregnant, so there's a baby Hooper on the way.
Shyko Amos as Officer Ruby Patterson
Enthusiastic copper Ruby had big shoes to fill as she replaced Officer Myers in season eight.
But the bubbly officer, who is easily distracted, soon became a firm favourite with fans.
One tweeted: "Death in Paradise thought: As much as I loved Dwayne's character, Ruby Patterson is an absolutely wonderful addition to the show."
Another said: "@Shykoamos is a little firecracker. Ruby is so funny, intelligent, kind, beautiful and she's brilliant at her job but she's also a great friend.
"Death in paradise has been my favourite show for a long time and ruby is the perfect addition to the best team."
Ruby is the Commissioner's niece and sometimes inappropriately calls him Uncle Selwyn.
Shyko starred as Bronte Bisama in A Very English Scandal.
What will series 10 be about?
Details of the next series are yet to be announced, with filming not yet started.
We're bound to learn more about DI Little and his many allergies and potions in series 10.
And we could see Commissioner Patterson thawing to the pernickety policeman – possibly!
Officer Hooper will also see some changes to his personal life as his wife has their first baby and he starts his role as sergeant.
And they're bound to stick to the winning formula – a murder is committed, the suspects seemingly couldn't have done it, the cops place the suspects on a board and work through their alibis, a few red herrings are thrown in and then, with a series of flashbacks, the lead detective gets a lightbulb moment.
Once everyone is gathered together – just like an Agatha Christie novel – the killer is then exposed, and it's usually the most unlikely suspect.
So we can expect more of the same in 2021 – and we can't wait!
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