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Beyond Paradise returning to BBC One for a second series and Christmas special

The news follows the huge success of series one, which has attracted an audience of 8.7m for its first episode.

Beyond Paradise reached its emotional conclusion tonight as fans were treated to some exotic sunshine as Humphrey Goodman visited his old stomping ground in Saint Marie. While taking in the blue-skied vista of the Caribbean coastline, the Detective Inspector took some time away to clear his mind and consider his future in Shipton Abbott.

It's now been confirmed that the Death in Paradise spin-off, created by Robert Thorogood and Tony Jordan, will return later this year with a Christmas special and then again in 2024 with a brand new six-part second series.

Returning to brighten up living rooms with their heart-warming relationships and puzzling criminal capers will be Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman, Sally Bretton as Martha Lloyd, Zahra Ahmadi as DS Esther Williams, Dylan Llewellyn as PC Kelby Hartford, Felicity Montagu as office support Margo Martins and Barbara Flynn as Anne Lloyd.

The first series of Beyond Paradise has proved to be a huge success, becoming one of the UK’s most popular dramas of the year so far, attracting an audience of 8.7 million viewers (BBC all-screens 30-day figure) for its first episode.

Beyond Paradise is a co-commission between the BBC and BritBox International and is produced by Red Planet Pictures, part of the Asacha Media Group.

Speaking about the news that the series will be returning, Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama said "I’m beyond excited to return to Shipton Abbott for both a Christmas special and second series of Beyond Paradise. The response from BBC viewers to series one has been a joy to see, and like its millions of fans I’m intrigued to find out what new mysteries lie in store for Humphrey, Martha and the team."

To which Reemah Sakaan, CEO BritBox International added "From developing this series to its launch, Beyond Paradise has fulfilled the promise we saw in it, immediately growing a healthy fanbase amongst international audiences, with its abundant charm, humour and gripping mysteries, all fronted by a first class cast. We are thrilled to partner again with the BBC and Red Planet Pictures to bring more of this show to our subscribers, as part of our best in British programming line-up."

And Tim Key, Executive Producer for Red Planet Pictures said "We’ve been blown away by the audience response to the show and are so happy that people have taken it to their hearts. We can’t wait to get our amazing cast back together to continue the story – and to be able to pay a visit to Shipton Abbott at Christmas is even better."

Founder and Executive Chairman of Red Planet Pictures, Tony Jordan, will act as showrunner, leading a team of writers including Kat Rose-Martin, Ian Jarvis and Rebecca Wojciechowski.

And the new episodes will be executive produced by Tony Jordan, Tim Key and Belinda Campbell are executive producers for Red Planet Pictures, Jenny Frayn for BBC and Reemah Sakaan for BritBox International.

Beyond Paradise will return later this year on BBC One


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