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Death in Paradise, one of the most popular mystery-crime drama series on telly today, will return next year with a new season, a new lead actor, and a host of guest stars.

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Death in Paradise: Shyko Amos as Officer Ruby Patterson & Tobi Bakare as Officer JP Hooper — Photo vy Denis Guyenon © Red Planet Pictures, courtesy of BritBox

Recommissioned earlier this year for two more seasons, Death in Paradise will return to telly on both sides of the pond with Season 9 next year.

The new season will be the final one for Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted, My Hero), who plays DI Jack Mooney, and the first one for Ralf Little (The Cafê, Our Zoo), who will play DI Neville Parker, the new lead detective.

Little joins the series’ regular cast, which includes Aude Legastelois (Nox) as DS Madeleine Dumas, Tobi Bakare (The Tunnel) as Officer JP Hooper, Shyko Amos (A Very English Scandal) as Officer Ruby Patterson, Elizabeth Bourgine (Meurtres dans le Jura) as Catherine Bordey, and Don Warrington (The Five) as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson.

Now for the guest stars!

The raft of British acting talent who will feature in Season 9 includes Steve Pemberton (Inside No. 9), Adrian Edmondson (Bancroft), and Louise Brealey (A Discovery of Witches), as well as Alexander Vlahos (Versailles), Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey), Nell Hudson (Victoria), Jade Anouka (Cleaning Up), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge), and Javone Prince (PhoneShop).

Nina Wadia (EastEnders, Still Open All Hours) will guest star in not one but several episodes, and said this of her character:

“It’s been wonderful playing Anna, who in having to start her life over, rediscovers herself whilst unexpectedly finding romance on the island!”

Additional guest stars include Matt King (Peep Show), Clare Hope-Ashitey (Doctor Foster), Elliot Cowan (The Spanish Princess), Amanda Hale (The White Queen), Alexandra Roach (No Offence), Adrian Bower (Mount Pleasant), Michael Obiora (Luther), Chanel Cresswell (The Bay), Sam Troughton (Chernobyl), Ellen Thomas (Casualty), Peter De Jersey (Broadchurch), Kadiff Kirwan (C.B. Strike), Andi Osho (National Treasure: Kiri), and Barbara Flynn (The Durrells in Corfu).

Filmed on the picturesque French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the new season will feature several clever and intriguing murder mysteries for the Saint Marie police team to solve, including a mysterious masked attacker who strikes twice at a family rum distillery and a survival camp trip that goes terribly wrong.

Death in Paradise: Season 9 is slated to begin on BBC One in January 2020. Its US premiere date hasn’t been announced yet, but look for it next year on BritBox, the exclusive home of the series in the States, as well as on select public TV stations across the country.

Produced by Red Planet Picture, Season 10 of Death in Paradise begins production in 2010. Stay tuned for updates.


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Death in Paradise: Guest Stars Announced for Season 9 of Hit Brit Mystery Series
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