Ardal O’Hanlon Set To Take Lead For Death In Paradise

BBC One has announced that Ardal O’Hanlon (Father Ted) will take over from Kris Marshall as lead detective for Death In Paradise when it returns for series seven in 2018.

Ardal’s character DI Jack Mooney makes his Death in Paradise debut in tonight’s London-based episode, and when the Caribbean crime fighters return to Saint Marie, it will be he who joins them in place of Kris Marshall’s DI Humphrey Goodman for the remainder of series six.

Ardal O’Hanlon says: “I am delighted to be joining Death in Paradise and exploring what’s made Mooney up and leave London for a life in the Caribbean. I’ve already had a taste of filming in Guadeloupe and can’t wait to get back.”

Kris Marshall, whose final episode airs on February 9th, says: “Death in Paradise has been an incredible experience, six months every year filming on a tropical island in the sunshine – what’s not to love!”

“Humphrey was socially awkward and clumsy but also brilliant, I’ll miss him but it’s time to hand over to someone new and spend more time with my family. I know Ardal will do a superb job and I just hope Humphrey gets a happy ending!”