Kris Marshall is making his return to the Death in Paradise franchise, as DI Humphrey Goodman stars in spin-off Beyond Paradise.
Marshall played the lead role in the Caribbean-set BBC detective drama for three series between 2014 and 2017 before being replaced by Ardal O’Hanlon.
Beyond Paradise will explore what happens to his character after his departure from sunny Saint Marie after falling in love with island tourist Martha Lloyd, played by Not Going Out star Sally Bretton.
In a first look at Humphrey and Martha in their new surroundings, the pair look as happy as ever.
Now working in his fiancée’s hometown in the UK countryside, Humphrey will be distracted by the ‘surprisingly high crime rate’ with a different case chalenging him each week.
Meanwhile, the couple are quickly thrown into the deep end as, alongside him joining the local police force, Martha sets out to pursue her dream of running a restaurant.
Quickly making an impression on the somewhat eclectic team: DS Esther Williams (Zahra Ahmadi), PC Kelby Hartford (Dylan Llewellyn) and Margo Martins (Felicity Montagu), Humphrey sets out to help crack a host of baffling cases, with the Shipton Abbott squad witnessing a whole new approach to police work.
The not-so-sleepy town of Shipton Abbott will be rocked by an entire family disappearing without a trace, a woman claiming she was attacked by a suspect from the seventeenth century, the robbery of a highly prized painting, a body bizarrely discovered in a crop circle and a serial arsonist with a seeming distaste for local businesses.
As Humphrey gets stuck into his new job, he and Martha must also navigate life’s ups and downs, as faces from the past, the decisions they make and challenges of setting up life in a new town put their relationship to the ultimate test yet.
‘I had the best time playing Humphrey out in Guadeloupe and whilst I was delighted that he got his happy ending with Martha, I always wanted to know what happened next,’ Love Actually star Kris previously said.
‘So it’s a joy to be putting his crumpled jacket back on and seeing how life has panned out for him back in the UK.
‘Working with Sally is a dream, and I can’t wait to continue Humphrey and Martha’s story and solve a few seemingly impossible mysteries along the way.’
All 11 seasons of Death in Paradise are currently available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
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