The long-awaited return of Death in Paradise is finally here.
Not only will the BBC series return with eight full episodes but there is also a new cast member and a fresh batch of guest characters.
Here is everything we know about Death in Paradise 2019 including the full cast list with essential times and dates.
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When is Death in Paradise On?
The Death in Paradise premiere will air tonight – Thursday, January 10th.
Episode 1 of the new series will air on BBC1 at 9 pm.
The eight-part series will continue airing every Thursday night until the end of February in the same TV slot.
Death in Paradise: Cast
DI Jack Mooney will yet again lead the murder mystery cases on the fictional island of Saint Marie, with Ardal O’Hanlon reprising his role as the chief investigator.
Ardal joined the BBC series in series 6 and you’ll recognise the actor as Father Dougal McGuire in Father Ted.
This time around, however, Ardal will not be joining forces with Officer Dwayne Myers.
The series favourite has been there from the off, helping to solve over 60 murders in the process.
Actor Danny John-Jules explained to Radio Times that he wanted to leave the show on a high, with series 8 proving the perfect time to depart.
Death in Paradise executive producer Tim Key thanked the actor:
We’re very sad to have said goodbye to Danny, who’s brilliant performance as Dwayne has helped make the show such a success.
Death in Paradise Ruby
With the departure of Officer Dwayne comes the arrival of new cast member Ruby Patterson.
Ruby is Commissioner Patterson’s niece and joins the crew as an eager new recruit fresh out of police college.
Actress Shyko Amos plays the role – she is a complete newcomer to TV!
DS Florence Cassell, JP Hooper and Commissioner Patterson
Other regular island police enforcers Florence Cassell, JP Hooper and Commissioner Patterson all return in their usual roles.
Florence is played by Joséphine Jobert, a French actress and singer who has largely appeared in her home nation.
JP is fronted by Tobi Bakare, an actor with a long list of TV and film credits that includes both Kingsman movies, where he played Eggsy’s friend Jamal.
Commissioner Patterson is once again portrayed by accomplished stage actor Don Warrington, who has appeared in Rising Damp, New Street Law, To Play the King and Hamlet.
WATCH DEATH IN PARADISE ON BBC 1 EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT, AT 8 PM.