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Death in Paradise fans feared season 10 would be postponed like so many shows due to the coronavirus pandemic but the BBC drama will return in early 2021 with a host of special surprises for fans as the series celebrates its 10th season. Executive producer Tim Key and DI Neville Parker star Ralf Little have teased why the drama will be back with a bang when it lands on BBC One next year.
Death in Paradise attracts an array of thrilling guest stars and season 10 is no different with names such as Kelvin Fletcher and Jason Manford appearing on the shores of Saint Marie.
Tim revealed: “It’s the usual mix of some really well-established names people that everybody will recognise from shows.
“Luke Pasqualino from Our Girl and Steve Edge and Patrick Robinson in episode one.
“We’ve got a Nimah Cusack and Lia Williams and some very well established actors and then this amazing sort of new talent coming through as well.”
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Neville and Florence’s blossoming relationship
Florence Cassell (Josephine Jobert) returns to Saint Marie to assist Neville and the rest of the island’s police force.
Actor Ralf has hinted Neville will grow close to his work partner but will romance blossom between the pair?
Ralf revealed: “It was a big decision at the end of last season to say, ‘I think I need to embrace life more.’
“This season is about him trying to do that and the pitfalls that come with it. It’s not easy, it’s a challenge.
“It’s a physical challenge for him, it’s a mental challenge for him and he’s helped out by his job and he’s helped out in no small measure by Florence Cassell who becomes a great friend and confidant and ally and he thinks very highly of her.”
Camille Bordey’s heartbreaking reappearance
Season 10 will see a host of familiar faces return to the island of Saint Marie including Camille (Sara Martins).
Tim confirmed Camille will return to the show for a two-part episode which explores her relationship with her mother Catherine Bordey (Elizabeth Bourgine).
The executive producer explained: “It’s sort of tied into her mother played by Elizabeth Bourgine and she gets involved in an investigation that involves Catherine.
“It was just great to see those two acting together again and it’s incredibly moving. It’s really nice.”
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DI Richard Poole returns
The BBC confirmed DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller) will be making a cameo appearance when the show returns despite being killed off in season three.
Tim teased: “There’s not a lot I can say about that to say anything would be to spoil it.
“I’m so happy that he said yes and I’m so happy we made it work because schedules were very difficult and I think if you watch the show at the start, you’ll be very pleased.
“It’s a cameo but it’s incredibly impactful and I’m really, really, really happy with it.”
Newcomer Marlon Pryce
Death in Paradise will see the arrival of trainee Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles) who is taken under commissioner Selwyn Patterson’s (Don Warrington) wing.
The young lad is at a crossroads in his life and is encouraged by the commissioner to divert his energies into becoming a member of the Saint Marie police force.
Tim explained: “The series is his journey to discover whether or not he’s got what it takes to be a cop and for everybody else to try and work out whether or not he’s got what he takes to be a cop.
“As always it’s told with a lot of humour but a huge amount of heart as well. He absolutely fitted in perfectly and every character that he interacts with it feels really fresh and exciting and fun.”
Death in Paradise returns to BBC One in 2021.
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