Fans of Death in Paradise are bracing themselves for this weekend's momentous 100th episode, not just as a cause of celebration for the long-running series, but also because Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington) will be left fighting for his life after being shot.


It's a lot to process for fans of the beloved character, and the incident looks set to rock Saint Marie and his fellow policing colleagues as they're left in limbo as the commissioner's life hangs in the balance.

And we get our first look at the heightened emotions in an exclusive clip for, which shows Naomi (Shantol Jackson) and Marlon (Tahj Miles) having a frank conversation about how they're feeling in the midst of the drama.

Naomi asks Marlon plainly how he is, a question that clearly leaves him confused at first - but after Naomi says she knows how much the commissioner means to him, Marlon opens up a little more. "That man changed my life," he sighs.

"I guess you don't know how much you care about somebody until you're about to lose them," he continues.

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Of course, Marlon's journey into the police force was helped by the commissioner, who saw talent in the previous petty criminal, and helped turn his life around by pushing him to take the entrance exam.

As Marlon and Naomi share a heartfelt moment, Naomi leans in to give Marlon a hug - but Marlon takes a step back, referencing the Christmas party kiss.

After Naomi says she wasn't going to kiss him, Marlon says: "Look, it's just like the Christmas party all over again, you can't help yourself."

Then he jokes about being irresistible and having that effect on women, but when Naomi clocks on to his joke, she retracts the offer of the hug. As she's turning to walk away, though, Marlon admits that he could really use a hug right now, after all.

Watch the exclusive clip of Death in Paradise below:

It's set to be quite the dramatic series opener this Sunday (4th February), as the team are left in despair after the shooting of the commissioner, which takes place at a party marking his five decades in the police force.

Speaking about the 100th episode, Warrington himself told the BBC: "It was exciting to shoot, because I think it's an episode where we move away from the sort of conventional case, as it is a crime that involves everybody."

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He continued: "Everybody is emotionally involved in solving it, given the victim is somebody they know. They have an emotional response that is different, because normally we don't know the victims, so there's a detachment when dealing with them.

"There's a sense of jeopardy about this case, which I think hopefully makes it exciting to watch. I suppose the big question is, will he make it or not?"

Death in Paradise episode 100 premieres on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 4th February 2024. Check out more of our Drama coverage or visit our TV Guide and Streaming Guide to find out what's on.


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