Patsy Kensit (known for her role in EastEnders), Doon Mackichan (from Two Doors Down), Youssef Kerkour (House of Gucci), Geoff Bell (The Curse), Bronagh Waugh (Ridley), Amelia Clarkson (The Last Kingdom), Freddy Carter (Shadow and Bone), and Leila Khan (Heartstopper) are set to celebrate Christmas on the sunny shores of Saint Marie this year. They will be joining the regular cast of Death in Paradise, including Ralf Little (D.I Neville Parker), Don Warrington (Commissioner Selwyn Patterson), Shantol Jackson (D.S Naomi Thomas), Tahj Miles (Officer Marlon Pryce), Ginny Holder (Trainee Officer Darlene Curtis), and Élizabeth Bourgine (Catherine Bordey). The festive feature-length special of the BBC Caribbean crime drama will be broadcast on BBC One and iPlayer.
The plot unfolds when Gerry Stableforth (Geoff Bell), an entrepreneur and family man, is discovered dead in a ravine. His family, including his wife Bella (Patsy Kensit), children Benjamin (Freddy Carter), Mariana (Amelia Clarkson), and niece Riley (Leila Khan), are left in shock. DI Neville Parker, DS Naomi Thomas, Officer Marlon Pryce, and Trainee Officer Darlene Curtis embark on solving this mysterious death. However, the situation takes an unexpected turn when the family’s digital marketing guru, Debbie Clumson (Bronagh Waugh), goes missing. Upon hearing about Debbie’s disappearance, her partner Dave (Youssef Kerkour) is determined to uncover the truth.
Simultaneously, Neville’s mother, Melanie (Doon Mackichan), arrives on the island to spend Christmas with her son. Developing a fabulous friendship with Catherine Bordey, the two make a splash in the Saint Marie dating scene. Melanie attempts to impart wisdom to her son, who is grappling with the belief that he may not find love.
Inspired by Neville’s mother, Naomi tries to focus on herself outside of work. However, her attempt at self-discovery may lead to awkward moments at the Christmas party, potentially straining her relationship with a close friend. Furthermore, Neville finds himself inadvertently causing a hiccup in Commissioner Selwyn Patterson’s grand Christmas lights switch-on.
Filmed on the French Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe, the Death in Paradise Christmas Special will be followed by a new series in 2024, promising its trademark blend of exotic escapism, compelling mysteries, and satisfying plot twists.
The Christmas special from the previous year drew 8.5 million viewers, establishing itself as one of the top titles in the UK during the festive period. Widely licensed across 230 territories, Death in Paradise enjoys global popularity, often ranking as the top-performing drama on its respective channels. The Death in Paradise franchise is expanding to Australia with an original spin-off series titled Return to Paradise, set to premiere on ABC in Australia in 2024 and on the BBC in the UK. Return to Paradise combines the essence of the original series with a unique Australian perspective.
Produced by Red Planet Pictures for the BBC, with the support of the region of Guadeloupe and distributed internationally by BBC Studios, Death in Paradise continues to captivate audiences worldwide. Executive producers Tim Key and Ceri Meyrick, along with Danielle Scott-Haughton, oversee the feature-length episode and series 13, with Joanna Hanley serving as the producer. All episodes of Death in Paradise are currently available on BBC iPlayer.