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BBC One bosses have ordered a sixth series of hit crime drama Death In Paradise.

The show has continued to draw big audiences despite the departure of most of its original cast, including former leading man Ben Miller who was replaced by Kris Marshall during its third season.

Audiences will be pleased to know that Marshall’s bumbling but brilliant DI Humphrey Goodman will return for eight new episodes which will again be filmed on the French island of Guadeloupe.

Produced by Red Planet Pictures, the series is one of the BBC’s highest rating dramas with the current run drawing audiences of up to 8.1m.

As well as wowing British audiences, the show has been sold to 237 territories around the world including China, South Africa and the US as well as Caribbean countries close to where the show is set and filmed.

Tim Key, Executive Producer for Red Planet Pictures said: “I’m delighted that the fifth series of Death In Paradise has proved so popular.

“We’ve got more ambitious plans for series six, with a whole host of intriguing puzzles as well as the joy of working with our amazing cast and guest stars. We can’t wait to get back to Guadeloupe and start shooting.”