Ardal O’Hanlon joins Death In Paradise as show lead

624Death In Paradise is a juggernaut, we all know that. Every week it draws in right million viewers and keeps rolling and rolling on. It provides pure escapism and a neat and tidy whodunit every week, and because of these elements you can see why it’s such a success. The challenge for the writers is to not only keep churning out the mysteries that fit the format, but also ensure safe change-over when key cast members decide to leave. They did it successfully when Kris Marshall took over from Ben Miller, and now they have another task on their hands…

The news that Kris Marshall had been doing the rounds in my circle of contacts for quite a few months now, but yesterday the BBC confirmed it: Marshall was off after four and half series, and Ardal O’Hanlon was to take his place as the show’s lead.

We’ve seen that, this week, Marshall’s character – Humphrey Goodman – travelling to London and being swayed by love and the idea of living back in Blighty.

The BBC said this:

Ardal’s character DI Jack Mooney makes his Death in Paradise debut in tonight’s episode as the team visit London for the first time. It can also be revealed that when the Caribbean crime fighters return to Saint Marie, it will be him who joins them in the place of Kris Marshall’s DI Humphrey Goodman.

O’Hanlon said this of his new role:

I am delighted to be joining Death in Paradise and exploring what’s made Mooney up and leave London for a life in the Caribbean. I’ve already had a taste of filming in Guadeloupe and can’t wait to get back.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. PKCox says:

    I’m in the US so haven’t seen the new series- what a blow to learn that Kris Marshall is leaving. He created a lovely, likeable character in Humphrey. At the same time, I am looking forward to seeing what Ardal O’Hanlon can do in the show, as I’ve only ever seen him do comedy. It’s so unusual to have THE main character leave a show half way through the series. Any idea why Kris Marshall left so soon? Thank you.


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Hi PK! Well, Death In Paradise takes six months to film, which means the core cast and crew are away from their families for half the year. Kris had said that the schedule was beginning to take its toll


  2. PKCox says:

    Oh, thanks Paul! That’s understandable. I can’t wait to see the new season. Love seeing the sunshine, beaches, ocean and fabulous cast. Always a well made mystery, too. I’ll miss Kris Marshall but can’t wait to see what Ardal O’Hanlon does with his role. Thanks for always staying on top of the latest news and delivering such great reviews. I appreciate it!


  3. bengalilady says:

    Love the crew and Kris Marshall. Will miss him lots as a fan of Death in Paradise. It did take me a season to detach him from his silly My Family character :) I can’t wait to see what Ardal O’hanlon brings to the table.


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