'Death in Paradise' has begun work on another Christmas special.

Ralf Little films Death in Paradise Christmas special 2022 (c) Denis Guyenon

Ralf Little films Death in Paradise Christmas special 2022 (c) Denis Guyenon

Ralf Little and his co-stars Don Warrington, Élizabeth Bourgine, Tahj Miles, Shantol Jackson and Ginny Holder are returning to the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe to shoot another feature length episode of the crime drama, following the popularity of last year's first ever festive installment, with production already underway on the one-off special, before work will move to the upcoming 12th season of the BBC One show

Executive Producer Tim Key said: “We had been wanting to do a 'Death in Paradise' Christmas special for years and so to be starting production on our second one this year is brilliant.

"We’ve got a fantastic story which comes loaded with all the mystery, intrigue and surprise that our fans love to see.”

Ralf previously revealed he was made an exception to one of the show's "strict" rules to allow him to take on the role as DCI Neville Parker.

Unlike many other drama series, actors are not allowed to appear as more than one character, however briefly, but he previously played Will Teague back in 2013.

He said: "I was actually in series two of 'Death in Paradise' as a guest, so I'm the only actor that's been in it twice now."

Asked if it was true that was something bosses are usually strict about, he confirmed: "Apparently so. I'd been in 'Heartbeat' about five times before I was 21! That was a whole different thing.

"So yeah, they really try not to double up, but they made the exception. Luckily I wasn't a murderer or a victim in the first one, so I think I was able to get away with coming back again."

Last year's 'Death in Paradise' Christmas special attracted an audience of over 8.8 million people, making it the third most-watched show of the festive period.

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