Ralf Little has been amazed by the longevity of 'Death in Paradise'.

Ralf Little has been wowed by the show's longevity

Ralf Little has been wowed by the show's longevity

The BBC crime-drama series has been on the air since 2011, and Ralf can't believe that the show will soon reach its 100th episode.

The 43-year-old actor - who plays the part of DI Neville Parker - shared: "Episode 69 was my first as DI Neville Parker, which is almost seven-tenths of the way to 100. So, the bulk of it was already there.

"But the idea that I'd be able to do another thirty one episodes on top of that to reach 100 is astonishing. If I'm really honest, I was just hoping to get to the end of the first series and for everybody not to hate it. Everything after that was a bonus!"

Ralf loves working with the show's cast and crew, and he credits them with the success of the programme.

The actor has even likened working on 'Death in Paradise' - which is filmed on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe - to winning the lottery.

Ralf - who has previously played soccer at a semi-professional level - said: "At the risk of sounding like a footballer going, 'It's all about the team', these personal milestones are lovely to reach and they're incredibly satisfying. But it is all about the show, the people loving it and everyone working together.

"For me to have been here and be lucky enough to lead a stellar cast and be trusted with this legacy is something I can't believe. I thank my lucky stars every day and feel like I’ve won the lottery."

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