Death in Paradise Series Seven - Sunshine at Christmas as hit show forms part of festive line-up

Death in Paradise Series Seven
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Death in Paradise Series Seven features in Beeb festive line-up, with first episode to be shown on January 4th

Death in Paradise fans craving sunshine and murder will be delighted to hear that the BBC1 favourite will be back as part of the broadcaster’s festive line-up, with Ardal O’Hanlon reprising his role as DI Jack Mooney.

Father Ted star Ardal, who’s taken over leading man duties in the show following the departure of Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman in the last series, will be joined by regulars Josephine Jobert (Florence), Danny John-Jules (Dwayne), Tobi Bakare (JP).

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Ardal was first seen as Jack in the special London episodes

Set on the idyllic tropical island of Saint Marie, the seventh series will see Jack adapting to island life while he tries to deal with its ridiculously high murder rate.

Jack’s perplexing cases this time sees him playing poker masterminds at their own game and uncovering secrets and lies within a famous reggae band.

Meanwhile, Dwayne, a man never known for his commitment qualities, finally meets his match and a secret from JP’s past returns to haunt him.

Fans will also be pleased to hear that Don Warrington is returning as the inscrutable Commissioner, while Elizabeth Bourgine is back as Catherine Bordey.

Car Share star Sian Gibson is among the guest stars lined up for the new series. Death in Paradise begun in 2011 with Ben Miller in the leading role as DI Richard Poole alongside Sara Matins as DS Camille Bordey.

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Original cop Richard suffered an unfortunate fate in the show

DI Humphrey Goodwin was called in when poor Richard was murdered!

Death in Paradise Series Seven begins on Thursday 4th January at 9pm on BBC1.

David Hollingsworth

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