Death in Paradise has been going strong for a decade already, as we recently explored in our in-depth feature about the story of Death in Paradise and its enduring success.
And the future is looking bright for the BBC crime drama. Executive Producer Tim Key told RadioTimes.com that the show could “just run forever”, and that there was no danger of running out of new ideas any time soon.
But what about the next series? Here’s what we know about Death in Paradise season 11.
When is Death in Paradise season 11’s release date?
If all goes well, Death in Paradise series 11 is expected to arrive on BBC One in early January 2022.
In early January, the BBC announced that TV show was renewed for another two seasons: series 11 and series 12.
We’re told: “Series 11 and 12 will see cast regulars and new faces alike descend on Saint Marie, delving into a world of mysterious murders and perplexing puzzles that have gained Death in Paradise its reputation as a shining example of the crime drama genre.”
Of course, there is still the pandemic to reckon with – so delays can’t be entirely ruled out. But the team who make Death in Paradise are a pretty determined bunch. In 2020 they had to postpone filming for series 10 (planned for April), but production company Red Planet Pictures was able begin the shoot Guadeloupe several months later – working against the clock to deliver the series in time for its usual BBC One broadcast in January.
Executive Producer Tim Key said: “Our amazing cast and crew have delivered against the odds this year and we can’t wait to get going again – we’ve got huge plans for the future, with lots of surprises to come.”
Work has already begun on plotting out series 11 of Death in Paradise, and – with any luck – filming could begin in spring 2021.
Death in Paradise cliffhanger explained
Series 10 left us on a massive cliffhanger, as DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) tried to confess his love to DS Florence Cassell (Joséphine Jobert). Standing on her doorstep, trying to calm his nerves and summon his courage, he managed: “What I wanted to say was…” – and then the credits rolled.
Executive Producer Tim Key told Metro: “All I can tell you is when the show comes back viewers will absolutely find out what happens next, when it’s back we will let everybody know. With situations like Neville and Florence’s it’s very hard, if you get people together it can be the end of a partnership in dramatic terms, but at the same time you can’t stretch things out for too long because the audience get frustrated. We’ve got a really cool plan, we know where it’s going and the audience will be very satisfied with it, there’s a story to tell and I think we needed the time to tell it.”
He added: “We’re being a bit devilish hooking how we’ve hooked but it’s not because we don’t know where the story is going, we know exactly where it’s going and it’s really cool.”
Death in Paradise series 11 cast: Who’s returning?
While the full Death in Paradise cast has not yet been officially confirmed for series 11, we do know a few things about who’s coming back – and who’s not.
For one thing, Ralf Little will definitely be returning as DI Neville Parker. The actor tweeted: “See you for series 11!”
Then there’s DS Florence Cassell (Joséphine Jobert), who arrived back on Saint Marie at the beginning of season 10 after an S.O.S. from Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington). She took up her old job with the Honoré Police, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether she would stay for good. As we reach the end of the series, though, Florence seems to have settled back in on Saint Marie – and we expect to see her in series 11.
However, after the series 10 finale, it has now been confirmed that Tobi Bakare (Sergeant JP Hooper) is leaving the show. JP has accepted a new high-profile job which will take him away from Saint Marie, and Bakare is saying goodbye to Death in Paradise after seven seasons. And in an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com, JP Hooper actor Tobi Bakare revealed why he’s leaving Death in Paradise.
Rounding out the team of four at the police station is ,
Also expected to return are Trainee Officer Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles), the young serial offender who joined the police a part of a rehabilitation programme at the start of series 10; Catherine Bordey (Élizabeth Bourgine), who narrowly escaped becoming a murder victim in series 10 when she was strangled in her own home – but now seems to have made a full recovery; and Commissioner Patterson (Don Warrington).
Guest stars for series 11 will, of course, be confirmed nearer the time and we’ll keep you updated with the latest news.
Who will replace JP in Death in Paradise?
That remains to be seen! Commissioner Patterson will need to fill the vacancy left by JP’s departure – but who will the newcomer be?
Is there a trailer for Death in Paradise season 11?
There’s no trailer yet, but keep checking this page as we will bring you the first look at the next series as soon as it’s revealed.
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