'Death in Paradise' new series start date confirmed at last

Death in Paradise
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Death in Paradise season 11 will begin in January, the BBC has officially confirmed.

The new series will start on BBC1 on Friday, Jan. 7 at 9pm and it will run for the normal 60 minutes.

Before then fans also have the first-ever Death in Paradise Christmas special to enjoy, which will air on BBC1 on Boxing Day at 7.30pm (it will also be available on BritBox in the US). The festive episode, which complete’s the show’s 10th-anniversary celebrations, is 90-minutes long.

Teasing events in series 11, the BBC says: “The award-winning murder mystery series will see Saint Marie’s crime-fighting team investigating yet more deadly cases. When a skydiver dies, apparently stabbed mid-air, the case seems impossible to crack. 

“A murder on a golf course, a killer at a concert, a mysterious case at a rehab clinic all challenge the team’s unique expertise in series 11.

“Meanwhile, Florence faces a big decision when asked by the Commissioner to go undercover to solve a drug trafficking case on another island, and questions whether she is ready to face her fears.”

The big question for fans is whether the potential romance between DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) and Florence (Josephine Jobert) will actually go anywhere.

There’s a string of big-name guest stars lined-up for series 11, including former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite. Other guest stars include Nicholas Bailey (Sally4Ever), Jason Done (Waterloo Road), Ben Onwuke (Safe), and Ben Starr (Jamestown).

Don Warrington, the show’s only remaining actor from the very first episode, will also be back as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson.

Elizabeth Bourgine returns as Catherine Bordey. Plus, after making a big impression in series 10, Tahj Miles is back as Marlon Pryce.

Meanwhile, it's been revealed that Shantol Jackson is joining the show as an ambitious young sergeant, Naomi Thomas.

Death in Paradise will return on Friday, Jan. 7 at 9pm on BBC1 (see our TV Guide for full listings).

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!