The captivating Caribbean setting of Saint Marie once again plays host to the brilliant detectives tasked with unraveling complex murders in the hit series “Death in Paradise.” In its landmark 100th episode, Commissioner Selwyn Patterson, portrayed by Don Warrington, marks an impressive 50 years of police service, only to find himself confronted by an unexpected adversary.

DI Neville Parker, played by Ralf Little, grapples with the repercussions of ‘Sophie’s’ actions, while Officer Marlon Pryce, portrayed by Tahj Miles, contemplates his future. DS Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson) enjoys a double date with Trainee Officer Darlene Curtis (Ginny Holder), and Catherine Bordey (Élizabeth Bourgine) becomes entangled in a murder case involving an old friend turned suspect. As new and returning faces arrive on the island, Neville faces a pivotal decision that could shape his future.

The 100th episode promises a departure from the conventional crime-solving narrative, as the murder involves a victim known to the entire team, eliciting a heightened emotional response. Commissioner Selwyn Patterson’s life is at stake, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats, wondering if he will emerge unscathed.

The team are left fearing for Selwyn’s life in episode one. What can you tell us about the episode?      

It was exciting to shoot because I think it’s an episode where we move away from the sort of conventional case, as it is a crime that involves everybody. Everybody is emotionally involved in solving it, given the victim is somebody they know. They have an emotional response that is different because normally, we don’t know the victims, so, there’s a detachment when dealing with them. There’s a sense of jeopardy about this case which I think hopefully makes it exciting to watch. I suppose the big question is, will he make it or not?

As part of the 100th episode, Selwyn celebrates fifty years in the police force. What do you think makes him such a great officer and public servant?  

He loves his job. I think when you love what you do, you tend to be quite good at it. Although he can be quite tough with people, he also cares about them. He cares about each member of his team, even Neville, who irritates him! But nevertheless, there are moments of tenderness between him and Neville because if you strip away all Neville’s issues, Selwyn is very concerned about people’s humanity. It’s an interesting combination in terms of being a policeman because if we look at the reality of it, you see some horrible things and it’s how you attain a degree of humanity and I think he does, and that’s what makes him sustainable.

Selwyn and Catherine have been in Death in Paradise since the very beginning – what has their relationship been like over the years?   

We’ve worked together, but in a way we haven’t worked together. There are few occasions when it’s just Élizabeth and I, but those moments are lovely. It’s lovely to work with her because it’s a different tone between Selwyn and Catherine. They confide in each other. He talks to her in a way he doesn’t talk to anybody else because they have history, and it’s very nice to play out that history sometimes.

There are always brilliant guest stars in the series…     

Sometimes it’s like looking at your heroes and people who you’ve watched over the years, and then suddenly they’re in front of you. It’s a lovely surprise to see them and to some extent, to get to know them. It’s like every week you think, “Oh, what presents are coming this week?” and that’s nice.

Do you have a favourite moment from your time in Death in Paradise?       

I remember moments with all of the inspectors we’ve had. I remember moments with Ben, I particularly liked it when I shouted at him… And I liked the moments with Kris where there was a kind of tolerance of him.

I remember Ardal because they formed a sort of philosophical relationship which I thought was gentle and thought-provoking, involving two people who were happy to reveal bits of themselves to each other when they were away from work, and that was nice. Neville, I remember moments because he’s, on one level, such an irritant to Selwyn, but he also finds him incredible. How can anybody malfunction as much as Neville does? For all his brilliance, you just think “What?!” So yes, they’ve all got their place.