In a much-anticipated return, the beloved Caribbean crime drama “Death in Paradise,” produced by Red Planet Pictures, is set to grace the screens of BBC One and BBC iPlayer with an exciting new series premiering on Sunday, 4 February. The show, known for bringing a ray of sunshine when it’s needed the most, promises to captivate audiences once again with its mix of island life, ingenious cases, and a stellar cast.

Returning to the series are familiar faces including Ralf Little as DI Neville Parker, Don Warrington as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson, Shantol Jackson as DS Naomi Thomas, Tahj Miles as Officer Marlon Pryce, Ginny Holder as Trainee Officer Darlene Curtis, and Élizabeth Bourgine as Catherine Bordey. Together, they will navigate the joys and challenges of island living, encountering a fresh set of clever cases that demand their expertise.

The upcoming series kicks off with a significant milestone—the 100th episode. Commissioner Selwyn Patterson, marking fifty years of police service, finds himself in a life-threatening situation after being mysteriously shot by an unknown assailant. As the team and the island grapple with despair, the burning question lingers: will Selwyn survive? The landmark episode boasts an ensemble of talented guest stars, including Sean Maguire, who notably reprises his role from the show’s inaugural episode in 2011.

Beyond the milestone episode, viewers can anticipate Marlon confronting his future, Naomi enjoying a double date with Darlene, and Catherine getting entangled in a murder case involving an old friend. New and returning faces will grace the shores of Saint Marie, presenting Neville with a significant decision. The series promises a mix of suspenseful storylines, from a deadly game of bingo to a poisoning at a cookery competition, a death during a blackout, and a perplexing murder in a lift.

“Death in Paradise” continues its tradition of featuring star-studded guest appearances, including Academy Award winner Hayley Mills, Ellie Haddington, Kate Robbins, Pearce Quigley, Ronni Ancona, Richard Fleeshman, Juliet Cowan, Shvorne Marks, Michael Fenton Stevens, Ben Wiggins, Guy Henry, Kevin Garry, Taj Atwal, Emma Naomi, Gabrielle Glaister, Elise Chappell, Ali Ariaie, Eve Posonby, Emma Sidi, Calvin Demba, Rachel Adedeji, Richard Lintern, and more. Additionally, Selwyn’s daughter Andrina, portrayed by Genesis Lynea, makes a return.

As the series enters its thirteenth year, “Death in Paradise” remains a global sensation, offering viewers a perfect blend of sun-soaked escapism, shimmering seas, and bright blue skies. Known for its gripping murder mysteries, mind-boggling puzzles, and unexpected plot twists, the show has garnered international acclaim, with licensing to over 230 territories. Notably, the franchise is expanding its reach with an Australian spin-off series titled “Return to Paradise,” set to debut on ABC in Australia in 2024 and on the BBC in the UK.

A Red Planet Pictures production for the BBC, “Death in Paradise” is made in collaboration with the region of Guadeloupe and globally distributed by BBC Studios. The feature-length episode and series 12 are executive produced by Tim Key and Ceri Meyrick for Red Planet Pictures and Danielle Scott-Haughton for the BBC, with Joanna Hanley handling production. For those eager to catch up, all series of “Death in Paradise” are currently available on BBC iPlayer.