Ralf Little has said he'd be interested in leading a Death in Paradise spin-off when his time on the crime drama eventually comes to an end.


The formula has been proven to work by the hugely popular BBC One series Beyond Paradise, which reunited viewers with Kris Marshall's character Humphrey Goodman as he starts a new life in Devon.

During a fan Q&A on Instagram (via Hello!), Little was asked whether he would consider a similar move when there's another cast shake-up on the original series.

"Well, fingers crossed, hey?" he responded. "I mean, there's been no plans discussed for the future either way yet, but if the day comes when I actually have to leave the show, let's hope they've – fingers crossed – got plans for me for another one."

Ben Miller played the original Death in Paradise protagonist Richard Poole, who was killed off at the beginning of season 3, with Marshall taking the reins until season 6.

Ardal O'Hanlon's DI Jack Mooney followed with another four-season stint before Little took over as DI Neville Parker from the ninth outing up to now.

The latest Death in Paradise finale hinted that Parker's time on Saint-Marie could be winding down, but this proved to be a red herring as he decided to stay on the island despite a traumatic framing attempt.

Little has said he has no plans to leave the show in the immediate future, but joked about some hypothetical spin-off ideas.

Neville with a sad expression on his face
Ralf Little as Neville Parker in Death in Paradise. Red Planet Pictures/Denis Guyenon

"I want to suggest something like Death in the Maldives, although you're not really going to improve on this much are you?" he continued, acknowledging the beautiful scenery of the original show.

"So, knowing my luck, it'll be like Death in Alaska or somewhere really, really cold just because I've been complaining so much about how hot it is maybe just to teach me a lesson."

On who could step up to be Death in Paradise's next detective, Little added: "I have no idea. I'm not going to swerve answering the question but I legit don't know. We'll see, that time hasn't come yet but we'll see what happens."

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