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'Death in Paradise' Season 11 — release date, cast, first look images, and all we know

Death in Paradise Season 11 Neville and Florence will be back
Death in Paradise Season 11 will reveal whether Neville and Florence get together. (Image credit: BBC / Red Planet / Denis Guyenon)

Death in Paradise Season 11 will once again star Ralf Little as DI Neville Parker, with Josephine Jobert back as DS Florence Cassell.

Death in Paradise Season 10 ended on a dramatic cliffhanger, which saw Neville poised to confess his true feelings to Florence.

Excitingly, we already know that there will be a Death in Paradise Season 12. Filming is now well underway on the new series, with the cast posting messages and location photos.

Here's everything we know so far about series 11...

Death in Paradise Season 11 release date

Death in Paradise Season 11 filming starts with Neville holding a clapperboard.

Neville celebrates filming starting on Death in Paradise Season 11. (Image credit: BBC)

Death in Paradise Season 11 is due to be shown in the UK on BBC1 in January 2022. While in the US it will be shown on PBS. Filming on the 11th series has now started on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, which doubles for Saint Marie.

Who’s in the cast of Death in Paradise Season 11?

Marlon in Death in Paradise

Marlon has become a key part of the team. (Image credit: BBC / Red Planet / Denis Guyenon)

Ralf Little is returning as DI Neville Parker along with Josephine Jobert as DS Florence Cassell. 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.

Shantol says: "I'm so grateful for this amazing opportunity to join the cast of this fun-filled, entertaining series. I used to watch Death in Paradise with my dad in Jamaica years ago when it just started and to now be in the show, knowing that he'll be watching me, it's truly a surreal moment. Looking forward to adding to the magic!"

Excitingly the BBC has now released new images of Shantol as Naomi (see below).

Shantol Jackson as Death in Paradise new sergeant, Naomi Thomas.

Shantol Jackson as Death in Paradise new sergeant, Naomi Thomas. (Image credit: BBC/Red Planet)

Death in Paradise Season 11 Naomi and Marlon

The BBC has now released a first look image of new cop Naomi in her uniform with Marlon in Death in Paradise Season 11. (Image credit: BBC / Denis Guyenon)

Is Tobi Bakare in series 11 as JP?

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No, Tobi has left the show. Tobi played JP for six years and bowed out in the final episode of the 10th series. JP’s last act was to save Marlon from prison. Marlon punched a suspect, but JP insisted to the Commissioner that it was him and Marlon walked free.

Will Ben Miller return?

It seems unlikely. Ben Miller did enjoy a cameo during the 10th series as DI Richard Poole. However, he’s not expected to return again. However, you can enjoy watching Ben starring in another detective show, Professor T.

Will Danny John-Jules be coming back?

Well, excitingly it's now been revealed that Danny will return for the first-ever Death in Paradise Christmas special, which will be screened before the new series goes out.

“It’s always a pleasure going back to the Caribbean. And after four years away, fitting back into the fold should be seamless as I know all the new leading cast members already. I look forward to bringing Dwayne and this tenth-anniversary special script to life,” says the star.

It's not yet, though, been made clear if Danny will be part of the new series. Let's hope so.

Who’s guest starring?

The guest stars are yet to be announced. Series 10 saw a string of top names appearing including comedian Jason Manford and ex Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher.

What’s the plot of the new series?

Still under wraps at this stage. However, it will finally clear up what Neville said to Florence after she opened her door to him in the final moment of series 10. Will they finally become a couple in series 11? Or will Florence gently decline Neville’s advances? Or, will he fail even to tell her?!

Ralf Little has teased what might happen. Talking to Hello!, he said: “I think it could go either way as Neville’s come a long way, he’s a much stronger person than he was when he arrived on the island. He might have the bottle to go through with it. But then again, she’s an intimidatingly charming and beautiful woman who he worked really closely with and so I’m afraid, you’re just gonna have to wait and see. And if it’s any consolation, I’m going to have to wait and see as well!"

Meanwhile, the BBC has teased: "Could the return of familiar faces to the island cause trouble in paradise?" Does that suggest the return of some old characters?

What else do we know? Well Catherine gets a motorbike! Quite why is unclear. But star Elizabeth Bourgine posted these brilliant pictures... looks like she's having fun!

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Is there a trailer for Death in Paradise Season 11?

Not yet, watch this space!

David Hollingsworth

David is a Senior Digital Content Editor with over 15 years experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest soap spoilers and television news for Whatsontv.

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