Death in Paradise, BBC One’s hit Caribbean crime drama, will return for two new series, the broadcaster has confirmed.
Aude Legastelois will become a series regular DS Madeleine Dumas alongside returning stars Ardal O’Hanlon, Don Warrington, Tobi Bakare, Shyko Amos and Elizabeth Bourgine.
Dumas appeared in the final two episodes of series eight and will now return to help Jack, JP and Ruby crack the mind-boggling murders on Saint Marie.
Legastelois said: “I’m thrilled that I’ve been given the opportunity to continue my role as Madeleine and to rejoin the cast of Death in Paradise.
“I can’t wait for Madeleine to be fully integrated into the Honoré Police team and for the viewers to get to know her further.”
Tim Key, Executive Producer, Red Planet Pictures, said: “We’re over the moon with the response to series eight and can’t wait to get back to Guadeloupe to start filming the new series.
“It’s an honour to be part of a show which is so loved by its audience and the decision to commission two series shows how much it is valued by the BBC.
“We’re excited to let the audience get to know our new characters better whilst also throwing some major surprises into the mix along the way – and of course solving the odd murder or sixteen.”
Tommy Bulfin, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor, added: “We are delighted to announce that Death in Paradise is coming back to BBC One. The show is a jewel in our roster of top drama and we are thrilled that it’s returning.”