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Death in Paradise season 12: cast, plot, and everything we know

Death in Paradise season 12 leading man Ralf Little as Neville Parker.
'Death in Paradise' season 12 will feature more tricky cases for Neville and his team. (Image credit: BBC / Red Planet / Amelia Troubridge)

Death in Paradise season 12 will once again star Ralf Little as DI Neville Parker, who’ll be solving more murder mysteries on the fictional island of Saint Marie.

Fans of the hugely popular series will be delighted to know that a new run has not only been officially confirmed but that filming has now officially started! Yes, the cameras are rolling and the cast is shooting fresh scenes.

Death in Paradise will also be getting a second Christmas special after the first one, shown over the 2021 festive season, proved a massive hit, getting over eight million viewers. Filming has started on the festive episode. 

Executive Producer Tim Key says: “We had been wanting to do a Death In Paradise Christmas special for years, and so to be starting production on our second one this year is brilliant. We’ve got a fantastic story which comes loaded with all the mystery, intrigue and surprise that our fans love to see.”

So, what’s in store in Death in Paradise season 12? Who’s back? And when is it likely to be on our screens? What to Watch investigates…

Death in Paradise season 12 release date

While the Death in Paradise season 12 date is still to be officially confirmed, it's very likely to start in January 2023 in the UK on BBC1. It will be shown in the US at a later date. With filming now taking place, it should be ready for early 2023. 

Amazingly, Death in Paradise is licensed to over 230 territories across the globe.

Death in Paradise season 12 plot

Firm plot details for the new series are yet to be confirmed. But we do know all the main characters are back. Neville will no doubt be continuing his quest to move on from Florence, who rejected him in Death in Paradise season 11. Meanwhile, we’d expect more plot development for both Marlon and Naomi. We also expect more suitably fiendish cases for Neville to crack. It will also be interesting to see if Florence makes a comeback. And whether we will again see Dwayne, who was last seen in the festive episode.

There's not much known about the festive episode, which will be on of course before the new series. But we do have a nice picture...

Di Neville Parker (Ralf Little) and Commissioner Selwyn PAtterson (Don Warrington) behind the scenes on Death In Paradise Christmas Special 2022.

(Image credit: BBC / Red Planet / Denis Guyenon)

Death in Paradise season 12 cast

Death in Paradise - the Commissioner, Neville and Naomi

Look who's back! The Commissioner, Neville and Naomi will all return for the new series. (Image credit: BBC / Red Planet / Denis Guyenon)

There’s great news because it’s been confirmed that Ralf Little will be officially back as DI Neville Parker for Death in Paradise season 12.

Don Warrington — the only surviving cast member from the show’s first-ever episode — is also back as the Commissioner.

Elizabeth Bourgine, who’s been in the show since the second-ever episode, will return as Catherine Bordey. Plus Tahj Miles (Officer Marlon Pryce), Shantol Jackson (Sergeant Naomi Thomas), and Ginny Holder (Darlene) are all confirmed for the new run.

Who’s guest-starring in Death in Paradise season 12?

The BBC are currently keeping this information under wraps! We will update this article when we know more.

Will Josephine Jobert return as Florence?

Well, it's certainly not been ruled out. Florence didn't die at the end of series 11 and all she said was that she needed time away from Saint Marie. So the door has very much been left open for Josephine Jobert to return. Could Florence and Neville finally get together? It could be a way of them both exiting the show as husband and wife.

Will Ralf Little leave Death in Paradise season 12?

Ralf Little isn't expected to leave Death in Paradise yet, however, he has now been on the show for quite a long time. The average length of time on the show as the lead detective is about three years and that's how long Ralf will have served by the end of season 12, so perhaps it will be his last?

Is Camille Bordey in Death in Paradise season 12?

Camille returned in series 10, however, there's no word yet on whether Sara Martins might make another comeback for series 12. We hope so, though as she's one of the show's greatest ever characters.

Is Kris Marshall in the new series of Death in Pardise?

DI Goodman

Kris Marshall as Humphrey (Image credit: BBC)

Well, excitingly Kris Marshall is making a return to the Death in Paradise universe, but in a spin-off, rather than the main show. Kris will star as DI Humphrey Goodman in spin-off Beyond Paradise. He will star alongside Sally Bretton, who plays Humphrey's fianceé, Martha. Humphrey is now a cop in rural Britain and there are plenty of murders for him to solve!

Is there a trailer?

Sadly, not yet.

Is Death in Paradise still being made?

Yes, Death in Paradise is still being made. We know series 12 is on its way and there are likely to be more series too as it's such a huge global hit.

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!