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Beyond Paradise: Death in Paradise spin-off cast, plot, and everything we know

Beyond Paradise stars Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman and Sally Bretton as Martha
Beyond Paradise stars Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman and Sally Bretton as Martha. (Image credit: BBC)

Beyond Paradise is a new Death in Paradise spin-off series revolving around DI Humphrey Goodman, starring Kris Marshall and Sally Bretton.

Yes, it’s the first time that Death in Paradise has been given a spin-off show and fans are of course very excited!.

Kris Marshall was hugely popular during his time in the series as the bumbling but brilliant Humphrey.

The character was last seen finding love with Martha, played by Not Going Out star Sally Bretton.

There have been rumors ever since he left that Kris might one day return to play Humphrey, but no one was expecting a whole spin-off series!

Kris said: "I had the best time playing Humphrey out in Guadeloupe and whilst I was delighted that he got his happy ending with Martha, I always wanted to know what happened next. 

"So it’s a joy to be putting his crumpled jacket back on and seeing how life has panned out for him back in the UK. Working with Sally is a dream, and I can’t wait to continue Humphrey and Martha’s story and solve a few seemingly impossible mysteries along the way."

Filming has now officially started and a host of new names have been added to the cast list.

Here's everything we know about Beyond Paradise...

Beyond Paradise release date

Beyond Paradise clapperboard

Action! Beyond Paradise is filming now! (Image credit: BBC)

Beyond Paradise will be on BBC1 in the UK and BritBox in the US in 2023. Filming is now taking place in the South-West of England.

What’s the plot of the Death in Paradise spin-off?

Beyond Paradise pair Martha and Humphrey finding love

Martha and Humphrey found love on Saint Marie. (Image credit: BBC)

Well, Martha left Saint Marie, leaving Humphrey devastated. But Humphrey then returned to London and declared he'd move to be with her. And that appeared to be the end of the story. 

However, in Beyond Paradise we find the pair living together in rural Britain. Martha is now his fiancee and Humphrey is hoping for a quieter life. He has a new DI job, but surprise surprise his new hometown has a very high murder rate!

Speaking to Digital Spy, Kris said that the show will be exactly what the fans will be hoping for, but that it will have its own "unique" feel. He explained that the show will: "follow on [from] Humphrey and Martha's storyline, from when he left Death in Paradise and Saint-Marie, and their rural life back in rural England, adding "Of course, being Humphrey, he's brilliant but you know... he's a slightly odd gentleman."

He continued: "I can't really say much about what happens, but what it is about the scripts that I really love, Tony Jordan's done a beautiful job on the two or three scripts I've seen. It's exactly what you hope for in terms of if you're a fan of Death in Paradise. Obviously, it's not in the Caribbean, but it's in its own paradise. It's got its own new twist on it.

"What's really lovely is everything about the new scripts are brand new, and yet they sort of remain... it's a juxtaposition really of having what you're used to and what we really love about Death in Paradise, but having a new spin on it. I think it's really unique and like a comfy blanket as well. I think it's going to be, I hope Death in Paradise fans are going to take to it straight away", he said.

Executive Producer for Red Planet Pictures, Tim Key previously said: “We always knew there were more Humphrey Goodman tales to be told and with the brilliant Tony Jordan leading the writing team, bringing all the Death in Paradise spirit, humor and joy to this brand new, original series, we can’t wait to get started. While Humphrey is used to contending with fiendishly clever puzzles, the biggest challenge of all is navigating his private life and finding out what happens beyond the ‘happy ever after’. We’re delighted to be working with Kris and Sally again and creating a little bit of Paradise in the UK.”

Beyond Paradise cast

Kris Marshall and Sally Bretton star. Plus it's been revealed that also joining the cast are Zahra Ahmadi (The Bay, Tracey Ullman’s Show, EastEnders) as DS Esther Williams, Dylan Llewellyn (Big Boys, Derry Girls) who will be playing PC Kelby Hartford and Felicity Montagu (This Time with Alan Partridge, Landscapers, Vanity Fair) playing office support civilian, Margo Martins.

When was Humphrey Goodman the lead detective in Death in Paradise?

Kris Marshall made his debut as Humphrey Goodman in Death in Paradise season 3 in the episode Death of a Detective, which was an especially sad episode for fans.  And he left the show during season 6 when he went to London to be with Martha. Ardal O'Hanlon then took over as the lead detective.

Will other Death in Paradise characters turn up in Beyond Paradise?

We don’t know at this stage, but it does open things up for possible crossovers.

Is there a trailer?

Sadly not. We await one for this and of course Death in Paradise season 12!

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!