It’s the end of another series for the people of the exotic island of Saint Marie as the last show of an impressive eight series of Death in Paradise is coming to its conclusion. However, all is not lost as there is another series which will be airing before we know it.
What’s more, there is another series after that one that has been commissioned which will be the tenth series of the BBC crime detective drama. The star of the show is currently DI Jack Mooney who is portrayed by Ardal O’Hanlon but there are changes underway for the cast that have fans excited to see how everything will unfold in the new series.
For those that haven’t seen the drama before, the show began when a British detective named Richard Poole (portrayed by Ben Miller) was allocated to investigate the murder of a British officer on Saint Marie, a fake Caribbean island created for the show. Once he solved the murder and sent the murderer to justice, he was told by his superiors that he had to replace the lost officer and live on the island as the DI of the island, solving all of the weird and wonderful cases that appear. Over the years, the DI has changed and been repleased whether by choice or being killed in a series that captured the heart of the nation. Despite the changes in main character, the formula of the show is what keeps the audience coming back, with each murder being introduced and the audience being enthralled to help the DI solve the murder at the same time in Agatha Christie style.
So, what do we know about the cast so far?
Ardal O’Hanlon will be reprising his role as DI Jack Mooney, lead detective of the Saint Marie police force. His partner in ‘crime’ will be returning, too, as Tobi Bakare will be starring again as Officer JP Hooper. Other fan favourites who have had their roles confirmed are Officer Ruby Patterson, portrayed by Shyko Amos, Commissioner Selwyn Patterson played by Don Warrington and finally, bar manager Catherine Bordey who will once again be played by Elizabeth Bourgine.
There will also be some new faces joining the team, too. DS Madeleine Dumas (Aude Legastelois) who had a guest role in the penultimate episodes of series eight will be signing on as a series regular. After becoming a member of the Honoré Police, DS Dumas will put her head together DI Jack, Officer Ruby and JP to help solve the gruesome murders on the tropical island. Dumas’ role will replace that of DS Florence Cassell who was played by Josephine Jobert. She had been a series regular on the popular show for five years but left the series in series eight to make way for change in the new series.
Aude Legastelois cannot wait to begin her role in the show as she said, “
I’m thrilled that I’ve been given the opportunity to continue my role as Madeleine and to rejoin the cast of Death in Paradise. 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.”
To recap, what happened in series eight?
There’s a reason why the show is now preparing for its ninth series – since the beginning, it has been a fan favourite for the BBC, drawing in views with every episode and every season. The first episode alone when it was aired had 8.9 million collective viewers.
But not even the longest-running Death in Paradise fans could predict the twists, turns and cliffhangers that this show has to offer. The most notable is the one that occurred halfway through the series when viewers were lead to believe that DS Florence Cassell had been shot – however, it was later revealed that it was sadly Patrick, her fiance, who had been fatally shot. This tragedy for the character was what prompted her leaving the show as she stated in a tear-jerking line, “Saint Marie’s a small island, and I don’t think there’s anywhere here that doesn’t have a memory of Patrice in it”.
It acted as a reminder to fans, however, that even their favourites aren’t safe – no matter who is playing them, no matter how famous they are in the actor’s circle, nobody is safe at any point in the series. Whether they die or just simply choose to leave the island. This was proven by the hint in series eight that DS Cassell had been killed but also a few series ago in series six. Kris Marshall who plays DI Humphrey Goodman portrayed the character flying to London in episode five in an effort to leave Saint Marie – and Death in Paradise – forever. This was when DI Mooney (O’Hanlon) took on the role of leader in the show to replace Goodman in a bittersweet turn of events.
There was also the departure of Danny John-Jules who many may know for his performances on Strictly Come Dancing. John-Jules portrayed Officer Dwayne Myers and left the show when he decided that he wanted to leave the police way of life to embark on an ‘epic voyage’ which his once-estranged father. John-Jules revealed that the reason for him leaving the show in such a manner was that he wanted to ‘leave on a high’ and didn’t necessarily want the character to be killed off. This, of course, also leaves room for the character to come back if the showrunners decide to return the familiar face to the screen.
Excited yet? Want to know when the new series will air on TV?
So do we! There has been no official relase date for Death in Paradise season 9 provided by the BBC as of yet but we do know that the series is due to start production in Guadaloupe – the location for the show – later on this year.
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