Death in Paradise teases ‘surprise kiss’ for Jack in next series as filming starts

Death in Paradise series nine

Ardal O Hanlon is back as Jack with Aude Legastelois as new series regular DS Madeleine Dumas

Death in Paradise has teased that there will be a "surprise kiss" for DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon) in the next series.

Poor Jack has been suffering ever since his wife died, but it looks like romance might finally be on the cards for the cop.

As filming begins on the ninth series of Death in Paradise on the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, the show’s makers say that Jack has a kiss, but not who it is with.

Could it be with his new officer, DS Madeleine Dumas, played by Aude Legastelois? Hmm, that seems unlikely, but what about with bar owner Catherine (Elizabeth Bourgine)? There’s been plenty of chemistry between the pair in past series and perhaps now is the moment they finally get together.

Catherine in Death in Paradise

Might there be romance between Jack and Catherine? (Image credit: BBC/Red Planet Pictures/Denis Gu)

The last series saw Josephine Jobert leave the show after five years playing DS Florence Cassell, whose fiancé Patrice was tragically shot dead. Fans also had to deal with Danny John Jules leaving the show before the last series even started as Officer Dwayne Myers.

Josephine Jobert as Florence in Death in Paradise

Florence left after suffering tragedy

But, Ardal, Tobi Bakare (JP) and Shyko Amos (Ruby) are back for series nine. And, in a piece of great news for fans, Don Warrington is also back as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson, who'll be keeping Jack and his team in order again.

Death in Paradise star Don Warrington as the Commissioner

The Commissioner will once again be making sure the team stay on track as they investigate more murders

Executive Producer, Tim Key, said:  “We’re thrilled to be back in Guadeloupe with our fantastic cast and crew getting to work on more ingenious murder mysteries in the Caribbean sun.  We can’t wait for the audience to see what we’ve got in store for series nine – there are some big surprises coming.”

Death in Paradise series nine is likely to begin on BBC1 next January.

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!