Ralf Little Set As New Lead In BBC One’s ‘Death In Paradise’

Death In Paradise has found its new DI. Ralf Little (The Cafe, The A Word) has been set as the new lead in BBC One’s Caribbean-set crime drama. He replaces Ardal O’Hanlon who is poised to exit the series in its upcoming ninth season.

Little will play Detective Inspector Neville Parker, who is reluctantly dispatched to the fictional island of Saint Marie to investigate the suspicious death of a woman from his home city, Manchester. He joins a regular cast that includes Tobi Bakare, Shyko Amos, Don Warrington, Elizabeth Bourgine and Aude Legastelois.

“It took less than 0.005 seconds to say yes to playing the new DI! How could I not?”, Ralf Little said in a statement. “Ardal has been wonderful in the last few series and to follow in his footsteps in a place as idyllic as Guadeloupe was a great honour and a dream come true. It is a joy to play Neville and I can’t wait for viewers to see him in Paradise this series.”

Death In Paradise is produced by Red Planet Pictures, with Tim Key and Tommy Bulfin serving as executive producers. The BBC has renewed the series through season ten. It is produced with the support of the region of Guadeloupe. Season nine will see the Honoré Police team get to know their new DS, Madeleine, while a surprise kiss catches Jack off guard.

“We’re delighted to welcome Ralf to the team – he’s not only a great actor but also extremely funny and from the moment he stepped on set we knew the show was in safe hands”, added Red Planet Pictures’ Executive Producer Tim Key. “Neville is a true fish out of water and the island of Saint Marie is going to test him to the core. We’re hugely excited about the future and can’t wait for the audience to meet D.I Parker.”