Death 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.