Ralf Little is back as DI Neville Parker in Death in Paradise (Picture: BBC / Red Planet / Denis Guyenon)
10 years since it was first released, British-French crime drama Death in Paradise is set to return to our screens, with DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) tasked with investigating murders on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie.
For the show’s tenth season, Ralf will be joined by several returning cast members, in addition to newcomer Tahj Miles as Marlon Pryce and Bridgerton star Ben Miller making a shock return as deceased character DI Richard Poole.
Filmed on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, Ralf recently admitted that it took a ‘Herculean effort’ to ensure the new series would be finished in time for its typical early January air date.
‘We only finished a couple of weeks ago which seems insane now to say it because it seems like a lifetime ago,’ he told BBC Breakfast.
‘I think I left the island on the 20th of December just in time for Christmas. It has been very hard work, if I may say, quite an achievement, to have got it all done in time.’
Fortunately, the hard work paid off as Death in Paradise is back, ready to captivate its audience with tales of suspense and intrigue.
What drama will unfold on the island of Saint Marie? (Picture: BBC / Red Planet / Duncan Fowlie)
So when is Death in Paradise on and who is in the cast?
What time is Death in Paradise on?
Death in Paradise returns for its tenth season tonight at 9pm on BBC One.
The following two episodes of the show have been confirmed to also be airing at 9pm on Thursday in one week and two weeks’ time.
There are eight episodes in total in the new series.
Who is in the cast?
In addition to Ralf, other returning actors include original cast members Don Warrington and Élizabeth Bourgine, who portray Commissioner Selwyn Patterson and Mayor Catherine Bordey respectively.
Tobi Bakare returns as Sergeant JP Hooper in the show (Picture: BBC / Red Planet / Peter Jonasson)
Sara Martins is also returning as DS Camille Bordey, having last played the character in series four, while Tobi Bakare is back as Sergeant JP Hooper.
After a series away, Joséphine Jobert returns as DS Florence Cassell, a dedicated detective sergeant who took some time away to be with her family.
In December last year, it was announced that Ben would be making an unexpected return to Death in Paradise as DI Richard Poole, despite his character being killed in series three.
Ben Miller is making a shock return as DI Richard Poole, despite his character’s series three death (Picture: BBC/Red Planet)
While details have not yet been released regarding his cameo appearance, the actor said it has been written ‘beautifully’.
‘I thought he was gone for good, he was murdered in the show in season three, and he was stabbed in the heart with an ice-pick,’ he told Good Morning Britain in December.
‘No one was more surprised than me when a script-writer [told me]. It’s very cleverly done, I have to say, it’s beautifully done.’
Death in Paradise airs tonight at 9pm on BBC One.