Jack says farewell tonight in Death in Paradise! But will he return to Saint Marie?

Star Ardal crouches on a beach in the new series of Death in Paradise
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Jack has to head home...

Death in Paradise could see yet another favourite leave tonight as DI Jack Mooney is forced to leave Saint Marie in a dramatic twist in the final episode of the current series.

Fans are still reeling from the departures of Florence and Dwayne, and now it looks like Jack (Ardal O’Hanlon) could be off too!

The BBC1 hit opens with Jack and his team having another tricky case on their plate when a tourist is discovered dead in their police station. Now, that’s got to be pretty awkward for a cop trying to explain how someone could get killed in their office. What will the dreaded Commissioner think of that one?!

Josephine Jobert smiling as DS Florence Cassell in Death in Paradise

DS Florence Cassell has already left Saint Marie

But while Jack’s usually completely dedicated to his cases, his mind wanders when his beloved daughter Siobhan calls him in floods of tears after splitting up with her boyfriend.

Widower Jack has always been really worried about his daughter and he decides he has to head home to check she’s OK. Jack asks the Commissioner for some compassionate leave…

Does this mean he’s leaving the island for good? He already had a nasty experience during the last episode when he was under investigation by Madeline over Florence being shot. Is this now the final straw for Jack? After all, with Florence and Dwayne gone there’s not that much keeping him on Saint Marie.

Madeline's arrival could spell trouble for Jack in Death in Paradise

Madeline's arrival last week spelt trouble for Jack

Madeline, meanwhile, is still on Saint Marie, having finally been convinced at the end of the last episode that Jack was in fact a genius crime solver.

And she soon finds herself roped into trying to crack the case. Will Madeline decide that she rather likes life on Saint Marie? Or, will she head back to Paris?

The final episode of the current series of Death in Paradise is on BBC1 tonight at 9pm.

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 on 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 on 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!