BBC One and Red Planet Pictures are adding to the cast of their hit drama series Death In Paradise.
Tobi Bakare has joined the Carribean set murder mystery as a series regular for its upcoming fourth season, which is set to premiere on BBC One in early 2015, TVWise has learned.
The actor, whose previous television credits include Sky1’s firefighter drama The Smoke and the Sky Atlantic/Canal+ co-production The Tunnel, will play JP Hooper, a playful and enthusiastic police officer who is assigned to Honoré Police Station.
“I feel absolutely blessed to be a member of Death in Paradise! It’s great to be in a hugely successful drama that brings me back to the good old stuff like Columbo. Guadeloupe is beautiful and the cast and crew are now an extended family”, said Bakare. “We’ve had bags of fun, and I can’t wait for the viewers to see the fruits of our labour.”
Bakare is the latest addition to the show’s cast for the upcoming fourth season. Earlier this year, Red Planet Pictures announced that French actress Josephine Jobert was joining the cast as Sergeant Florence Cassell. Both cast additions come after Kris Marshall took over from Ben Miller as the series lead last year.
In addition, Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty), Sally Phillips (Miranda), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter) Michelle Collins (Coronation Street), James Fox (Downton Abbey), Francis Magee (Game of Thrones), Nick Moran (Mr Selfridge), Colin McFarlane (Torchwood), Jo Absolom (Doc Martin), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot) and Jason Merrells (Emmerdale) have signed on to guest star in the new season.
Death In Paradise, which was created by Robert Thorogood, has long been a strong performer for BBC One and in its most recent season averaged 8.5 million viewers to cement its position as one of BBC One’s highest rating midweek dramas. The show is produced by Red Planet Pictures in association with BBC Worldwide, with Polly Hill, Tony Jordan and Tim Key serving as executive producers.