Death in Paradise, the popular BBC One drama that’s been a hit since its launch in 2011, returns for its seventh season in January.
Despite fears that the legal ramifications of Brexit would make filming on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe impractical, the series seems here to stay.
So who will returning to Death in Paradise, and when does series 7 start? Here’s all we know about the forthcoming series.
When does Death in Paradise return?
Death in Paradise is returning to BBC One for its seventh series on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 9pm.
What is Death in Paradise about?
Often compared to ITV’s long-running series Midsomer Murders but set in the sun, each series of Death in Paradise follows a British detective who solves the many murders and mysteries that take place on the tropical island of Saint Marie.
This season will see Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon, as DI Jack Mooney, adapting to life on the island. We met him briefly in season six when he arrived to take over from DI Humphrey Goodman.
Goodman, who had been played by Kris Marshall since 2014, left the show last season, returning to London to be with his new love Martha.
What will happen in the new series?
The recently widowed DI Mooney has arrived at Saint Marie with the hope of making a new life for himself and his daughter Siobhan (played by Grace Stone). In series seven we will see them settle into their new Caribbean lifestyle, and Mooney bonding with his new colleagues Florence, JP, Dwayne and the Commissioner. And of course, he will be paying plenty of visits to Catherine’s bar.
While the specific details of the mysteries and crimes covered in the new series are still being kept under wraps, a few storylines have been teased that include poker masterminds and a famous reggae band harbouring some serious secrets.
Dwayne will also meet his match, and a secret of JP’s will return to haunt him.
Who will be guest starring on Death in Paradise?
Past guest stars have included Colin Salmon and Francis Barber, and the upcoming series will also feature some high-profile cameos.
Season seven guest stars will include Simon Callow, Sian Gibson, Denis Lawson, Mark Benton, Charlotte Beaumont and Richie Campbell.
Death in Paradise Executive producer Tim Key said in a statement:
“We’re delighted to welcome so many famous faces for what promises to be a fantastic series of Death in Paradise.
"We’ve got the perfect weather for a post-Christmas treat – and some of our most puzzling puzzles ever! We can’t wait for the audience to see what the team are up to this year.”
Death in Paradise returns on BBC One on Thursday January 4, 2018.