It has been announced that Kris Marshall (Lightfields, My Family) is to join the cast of BBC One’s hit crime drama Death In Paradise as the latest lead detective, in the new series.
Series three will also see the departure of DI Richard Poole, played by Ben Miller (Primeval, Armstrong & Miller). However, details of how and when Miller will depart remain tightly under wraps.
Joining series regulars Sara Martins, Danny John-Jules, Gary Carr and Don Warrington when filming starts on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe from next month, Marshall will play a bright, but rather disorganised and gawky DI, Humphrey Goodman, who is stuck in a mid-life rut and is looking to find a new life and fresh start.
Kris Marshall said: “I am thrilled to be joining Death In Paradise and finding out a bit more about what makes Humphrey tick. Six months filming on a tropical island with an amazing cast and glorious sunshine? What isn’t there to love! I might even get myself a parrot!”
Following two hugely successful series’, Miller leaves the show on a high, with an average of almost eight million viewers tuning in to each episode of the second series.
Ben Miller said: “I have absolutely loved my time on Death In Paradise and am sad to be leaving such a successful show, however DI Poole has made no secret of his struggle with the Caribbean heat, so I felt now was a good time to put him out of his misery! I know Kris will do a superb job and I’m delighted to be handing over the detective baton to him.”
Belinda Campbell, Executive Producer, Red Planet Pictures, said: “Ben Miller is an excellent actor and has played the part of DI Richard Poole magnificently for two series, and we’re very sad to be saying goodbye. However we’re thrilled to be welcoming Kris Marshall on board who we know will be brilliant in the role of Humphrey. He will bring with him dishevelled charm, sparkle, quick wit, and a razor-sharp intelligence in solving crimes.”
Ben Stephenson, BBC Controller Drama Commissioning, said: “Thank you to Ben for leading two hugely successful series of Death In Paradise. He is leaving on a high and handing over to the very talented Kris Marshall. I am looking forward to seeing Kris in his new role and what he does with his character.”
It was announced earlier this year that the ratings smash crime drama series, renowned for its weekly measure of whodunit mystery and stunning Caribbean backdrop, will be returning for a third series in early 2014.