Beyond Paradise and Death in Paradise share same theme tune composer

The cast of Beyond Paradise in a group shot on the seafront of Shipton Abbott: Dylan Llewellyn as PC Kelby Hartford, Zahra Ahmadi as DS Esther Williams, Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman, Sally Bretton as Martha Lloyd and Felicity Montagu as Margo Martins
(Image credit: BBC)

The Beyond Paradise makers hired the composer who created the sparkling theme tune for Death in Paradise, it's been revealed.

Magnus Fiennes, the brother of actors Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, is behind the opening theme tune of Death in Paradise. He produced the arrangement of "You’re Wondering Now", which plays at the start of each episode, and was originally performed by Andy & Joey in the 1960s. There have also been interpretations by Amy Winehouse and The Specials.

Now, Magnus has worked on the music for Beyond Paradise, which is the spin-off starring Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman.

Beyond Paradise executive producer Tim Key has spoken about how important it is to get the music right for the new show and how it links it to the Death in Paradise world.

"The music is a huge part of the success of the show, which immediately takes you to a specific place. I have become obsessed with bringing a music identity to Beyond Paradise. We are lucky to be working with Magnus Fiennes after working with him on Death in Paradise. We have worked hard to bring a modern, folk influence to the show, making a unique sound which I am really excited about. And getting Bellowhead on board was amazing.”

DI Goodman

Humphrey had the bassoon treatment in Death in Paradise (Image credit: BBC)

Magnus previously explained to Radio Times how each detective on Death in Paradise has their own musical style, with Humphrey’s instrument being a bassoon. So, it’s likely we will hear the bassoon in connection to Humphrey in Beyond Paradise.

Magnus explained: "So DI Richard Poole [Ben Miller], for example, had that rather mournful sound of a jazz clarinet, and Kris Marshall [DI Humphrey Goodman] was a bassoon, and Ardal O'Hanlon [DI Jack Mooney] was a mandolin, and DI Neville Parker – Ralf Little – is sort of gypsy jazz.

"I was very happy to discover that gypsy jazz and reggae partner amazingly well together. They're a perfect fusion, so you can do that Django Reinhardt sort of thing, and you can have the comedy and delight of a kind of gypsy jazz with the reggae."

Beyond Paradise begins on BBC One on Friday, February 24 at 8 pm.

David Hollingsworth

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.

Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years working for TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. 

David started out as a writer for TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.

Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!