It's the day that Death in Paradise fans have been anticipating – the finale of season 13.


And with it, there are plenty of questions whirling about whether or not Neville (Ralf Little) will be remaining as the lead in the beloved crime series or is set to leave.

With the arrival of Florence (Joséphine Jobert) on the island, fans have been hoping for a resolution to the pair's potential romance with an exclusive clip (see below) teasing a major question floating in the air between them both.

What will Neville decide?

While we'll have to tune into the final episode to find out, the series so far has been one of major drama and change. It not only opened with Commissioner Selwyn Patterson being shot by a mystery assassin, but the series has also seen the exit of Officer Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles) and the return of Dwayne Myers.

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This week's episode will see the team investigate a mysterious plane passenger death, with all eyes on the pilot and flight attendant.

As per the episode synopsis: "Two further suspects are found back in Saint Marie – it transpires the victim had been caught up in a messy love affair.

"Neville starts to question whether he’s losing his mind, seriously doubting himself for the first time, until all the pieces of the puzzle finally fit together, revealing the startling truth. Meanwhile, an old face has returned, and Neville has a huge decision to make."

We'll find out more about Neville's big decision tonight as the episode airs on BBC One and iPlayer. In the meantime, fans can enjoy some heartwarming messages from Death in Paradise stars past and present, exclusive to, commemorating the show's latest milestone of 100 episodes.

For more details on what to expect from the latest season of Death in Paradise, read on.

Death in Paradise season 13 release date: When will it air?

Neville in a rowing boat, holding an umbrella
Ralf Little as DI Neville Parker. (RALF LITTLE),Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on Thursday 23/12/2021 - Picture shows: DI Neville Parker (RRed Planet/Amelia Troubridge

Season 13 of Death in Paradise arrived on Sunday 4th February at 9pm on BBC One, with episodes airing weekly every Sunday evening.

And in exciting news, the show is also returning for season 14, which will likely arrive in January 2025. It simply wouldn't be the start of the New Year without Death in Paradise.

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And, if that's not quite enough to keep you entertained, the BBC has also announced a new spin-off, Return to Paradise, which is set in the beachside hamlet of Dolphin Cove, Australia.

The series will revolve around ex-pat Mackenzie Clarke, a female lead, who built up a reputation for being able to solve the most challenging of cases while working for the Metropolitan Police in London.

But when she's forced to move back to her childhood home, she's not only grappling with personal issues and unfinished business, she's also confronted with a murder case that instantly gets those detective cogs in her brain whirring.

Death in Paradise cast: Who's returning?

There was a big question mark hanging over Neville Parker's future throughout season 12, but in the finale it was confirmed that he'd be staying put on the island, which means Ralf Little will be back alongside:

  • Don Warrington as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson
  • Shantol Jackson plays Sergeant Naomi Thomas
  • Tahj Miles as Marlon Pryce
  • Ginny Holder plays Darlene Curtis
  • Élizabeth Bourgine plays Catherine Bordey
Shantol and Marlon standing next to one another whole Selwyn stands at a lectern addressing a crowd, and Catherine stood on his other side
Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson), Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles), Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington) and Catherine Bordey (Elizabeth Bourgine) Red Planet Pictures/Denis Guyenon

The guest cast is as follows:

  • Sean Maguire (The 100) – the first guest to reprise their role
  • Leon Herbert (Outlander)
  • Cathy Tyson (Boiling Point)
  • Mensah Bediako (Andor)
  • Hayley Mills (Unforgotten)
  • Ellie Haddington (Motherland)
  • Kate Robbins (Unforgotten)
  • Pearce Quigley (Detectorists)
  • Ronni Ancona (Last Tango in Halifax)
  • Richard Fleeshman (The Ark)
  • Juliet Cowan (The Power)
  • Shvorne Marks (The Walk-In)
  • Michael Fenton Stevens (Hapless)
  • Ben Wiggins (You)
  • Guy Henry (Holby City)
  • Kevin Garry (Ted Lasso)
  • Taj Atwal (Hullraisers)
  • Emma Naomi (Bridgerton)
  • Gabrielle Glaister (Coronation Street)
  • Ellise Chappell (Poldark)
  • Ali Ariaie (The Great)
  • Eve Ponsonby (Carnival Row)
  • Emma Sidi (Starstruck)
  • Calvin Demba (The Rig)
  • Rachel Adedeji (Hollyoaks)
  • Richard Lintern (Nolly)

Genesis Lynea (Champion, Silent Witness) is also returning as Selwyn's daughter Andrina.

Death in Paradise season 13 plot: What will happen?

Commissioner Selwyn (Don Warrington) stands on the beach, wearing a colourful patterned shirt
Don Warrington stars in Death in Paradise. BBC/Red Planet Pictures/Denis Guyenon

In the season 13 opening, Selwyn is celebrating 50 years of police service, "before being left fighting for his life as he's dramatically shot by a mysterious assassin".

The synopsis continues: "As the team and island alike are left in despair, the question remains: will Selwyn survive?"

Marlon also "confronts his future, Naomi lets loose to double date with Darlene, and Catherine finds herself embroiled in a murder case when an old friend becomes a suspect".

And then there's Neville, who "faces his biggest decision yet. Will our hapless detective finally get his happy ever after?"

Neville Parker sat at a desk, working on his laptop in Death in Paradise
Ralf Little plays Neville Parker in Death in Paradise. BBC/Red Planet Pictures/Denis Guyenon

Neville also decides to start his own blog.

"It's not a blog that I would write, but he decides it is going to be about his time on the island," explained Little.

"It's quite interesting, and we have a nice joke about it in the show, saying, 'I'm sure lots of people out there would be interested to see the life of a British detective on a Caribbean island…'"

But what should be a fun little project triggers Neville following his ordeal with former love interest Sophie.

"No one really reads his blog, unsurprisingly," said Little. "Apart from one fan, 'Sunset Chaser', who gets in touch to say his posts are interesting. The tone is flirty, and they are implied female, so Neville starts having a little bit of an online flirt.

"Marlon, of course, thinks he's being catfished by a guy. And Neville even starts to worry that maybe it could be Sophie who’s messing with his mind."

You can also expect a "deadly game of bingo, a poisoning at a cookery competition, death during a blackout, and a mystifying murder in a lift".

Death in Paradise season 13 continues tonight on BBC One and iPlayer at 9pm. All 12 past seasons of Death in Paradise are available to stream now on BBC iPlayer.

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