Beyond Paradise: Kris Marshall returns for Death in Paradise spin-off
James R | On 02, Jul 2022
Kris Marshall is stepping back into his detective shoes for Beyond Paradise, a new spin-off from the hit series Death in Paradise.
The series will expand the universe of the crime drama, exploring what happened to DI Humphrey Goodman after he left the sunny shores of Saint Marie. One of the show’s most popular characters, the endearingly awkward and rather unconventional DI led the island’s police team in solving murders for multiple seasons. However, when Humphrey fell hopelessly in love with island tourist Martha Lloyd, he decided to leave the sun-soaked paradise to follow her back to the colder climes of the UK.
Co-commissioned by BBC One and BritBox International, and reuniting Kris Marshall and Sally Bretton in the lead roles, Beyond Paradise is a new, original drama which picks up Humphrey and Martha’s story as they navigate a new life together in the idyll of rural Britain.
Seeking a quieter life away from the stress of the city, Humphrey has taken a job as DI in Martha’s hometown. However, they soon find that country life is anything but peaceful and Humphrey can’t help but be distracted by the town’s surprisingly high crime rate with a new, and very different, case challenging him each week.
Marshall says: “I had the best time playing Humphrey out in Guadeloupe and while I was delighted that he got his happy ending with Martha, I always wanted to know what happened next. 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.”
Created by Tony Jordan and Robert Thorogood, Beyond Paradise will be produced by Red Planet Pictures, part of the Asacha Media Group. Founder and Executive Chairman of Red Planet Pictures, Jordan, will act as showrunner and lead a team of writers working across the six-part series. Jordan, Tim Key and Belinda Campbell will be executive producers for Red Planet Pictures, and Diederick Santer and Tommy Bulfin will executive produce for BritBox International and BBC respectively.
Filming will start on location in the UK later this year.