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Death in Paradise season 11 release date: cast, new stars, and latest news about next series

All the latest news on the new series of the BBC's murder mystery drama, starring Ralf Little and Joséphine Jobert.

Death in Paradise Christmas special
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Published: Tuesday, 21st December 2021 at 11:48 am

It’s a great time to be a Death in Paradise fan.

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Not only do we have the show’s first-ever festive special coming up this December, but season 11 is also coming to our screens very soon.

As if we weren’t already excited enough, series 11 is set to feature former EastEnders actor Tamzin Outhwaite as a guest star, the BBC has announced.

Outhwaite will be joining Ralf Little and the rest of the show's stars for an episode of series 11, which is set to air in early 2022 on BBC One and will see DI Neville Parker (Little) and co investigate another round of Saint Marie murders.

"Meanwhile, Florence faces a big decision when asked by the commissioner to go undercover to solve a drug trafficking case on another island and questions whether she is ready to face her fears," the BBC show teases.

Series 11 will also see the arrival of Sergeant Naomi Thomas, played by Shantol Jackson, who is "determined to prove that she has what it takes to make a mark on this team".

Death in Paradise has been going strong for a decade already, as we explored in our in-depth feature about the story of Death in Paradise and its enduring success, and this is the perfect way to finish off the 10th anniversary year.

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.

In the meantime, want to recap on Death in Paradise season 10? Read our guide to that here.

Death in Paradise season 11 release date

Death in Paradise series 11 will premiere on Friday, 7th January at 9pm on BBC One.

The cameras began rolling in early June 2021 in Guadeloupe, with the production team sharing pictures of Ralf Little and new cast member Shantol Jackson holding clapperboards with the words: "We have started filming!" Production is expected to continue across the summer.

In 2020 the Death in Paradise team 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.

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Has Death in Paradise been renewed?

Death in Paradise season 11 first look

Yes! In January 2021, the BBC announced that Death in Paradise had been renewed for another two series: season 11 and season 12.

Season 11 is now in production for 2022, and season 12 is set for the following year.

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.

Fans were left fearing that Josephine Jobert won’t be making an appearance in series 11 after all after she was notably absent from filming.

But the star recently set the record straight.

Responding to a fan on social media asking whether she’d be appearing in series 11, she said: "Of course I am! I know a lot of you have been worrying about this but Florence is back and I'm happy about her storyline this year too."

The star continued: "There are beautiful scenes between her and Neville. Very nice ones with Catherine too. And much more to come! And I can't wait to tell you more about episode four and show you all the behind-the-scenes videos and photos I have with the beautiful guest cast."

Also returning are 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; Mayor 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).

And Shantol Jackson joins the cast as Sergeant Naomi Thomas.

Has JP Hooper left Death in Paradise for good?

Yes, JP Hooper's time in Saint Marie is up – as the character has moved to a neighbouring island to take charge of the police training programme, following on from his success in turning Trainee Officer Marlon Pryce around from a criminal troublemaker into a promising young officer.

JP was written out of the show following actor Tobi Bakare's decision to exit Death in Paradise after seven seasons.

And in an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com, Tobi Bakare revealed why he's leaving Death in Paradise.

Meet JP's replacement, played by Shantol Jackson

Shantol Jackson plays Sergeant Naomi Thomas in Death in Paradise

Commissioner Patterson needed to fill the vacancy left by Sergeant JP Hooper's departure at the end of season 10 – and by the start of season 11, he has recruited Sergeant Naomi Thomas, played by Shantol Jackson.

The newcomer is described as an "ambitious young sergeant" and a "gifted officer" who has arrived from a neighbouring island to join the Saint Marie Police. But, as the BBC teases, "Having come from a smaller police force, will her lack of experience get the better of her?"

Jackson has previously appeared in Yardie and Sprinter, but this is her first major TV role. She said: "I'm so grateful for this amazing opportunity to join the cast of this fun-filled, entertaining series. I used to watch Death in Paradise with my dad in Jamaica years ago when it just started and to now be in the show, knowing that he'll be watching me, it's truly a surreal moment. Looking forward to adding to the magic!"

Death in Paradise season 11 guest stars

As well as the returning favourites, the show also boasts an exciting guest cast too.

Notably, former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite, who played Mel Owen in the soap, will guest star in the upcoming series of Death in Paradise.

Other guest stars include Jason Done (Waterloo Road), Ben Onwuke (London's Burning), Ben Starr (Jamestown) and Nicholas Bailey (EastEnders).

Death in Paradise season 11 plot

Here's what we've been officially told: "Series 11 will see even more mysterious murders, guest stars galore, huge surprises and plenty of twists. How will Marlon cope without JP? Will Neville disclose how he really feels about Florence and how will she respond to this bombshell? If that’s not enough, could the return of familiar faces to the island cause trouble in paradise?"

Hold on... "the return of familiar faces to the island"?! That's a phrase to spark a thousand rumours. We wondered: is this a former Detective Inspector, like DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) or DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O'Hanlon)? Or maybe Officer Ruby Patterson (Shyko Amos) has returned from France?

Or perhaps that was an allusion to Officer Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules), who has since been confirmed for the Christmas special. He said: "It’s always a pleasure going back to the Caribbean. And after four years away, fitting back into the fold should be seamless as I know all the new leading cast members already. I look forward to bringing Dwayne and this tenth anniversary special script to life.”

Speaking of which, here's the synopsis for the 90-minute Christmas episode: "As Florence (Joséphine Jobert) leaves the island to spend Christmas with her family, the team welcome Dwayne (Danny John-Jules) with open arms to help solve a murder case. Dwayne comes to realise he’s not only met Officer Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles) before, but he once arrested him! How will the team of old and new faces come together to unravel this murderous crime?

"Meanwhile, after vexed fans were left hanging in suspense after the cliff-hanger ending of series ten earlier this year, will they finally discover whether Neville told Florence about his feelings for her? Viewers have watched Neville and Florence’s relationship develop over the course of series 10 and all will be revealed in the Christmas special with more surprises to come in series 11."

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 season 11 trailer

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.

Death in Paradise returns with series 11 on Friday, 7th January at 9pm on BBC One. Check out what else is on with our TV guide, and take a look at the rest of our Drama coverage.

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