Red Planet Pictures’ crime drama Death in Paradise, which returns to screens tonight, has been recommissioned for two more series for BBC One.

The show, set on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, is celebrating its tenth anniversary  this January – with the season premiere airing today. Series 10 was filmed entirely through the pandemic, with production delayed by three months and accelerated to ensure it hit its usual January slot.

Executive Producer Tim Key says: “We are hugely proud of series ten and delighted we’ll be heading back to Saint Marie to continue the story. Our amazing cast and crew have delivered against the odds this year and we can’t wait to get going again – we’ve got huge plans for the future, with lots of surprises to come.”

Belinda Campbell, Joint Managing Director of Red Planet Pictures says: “We’re delighted that Death in Paradise has been recommissioned for two more series. It’s testament to the talent of the cast and production team and the loyalty of our amazing audience that after 10 series we remain one of the UK’s favourite TV dramas.”

Death in Paradise is licensed to over 230 territories. In the UK, Death in Paradise series nine averaged over 8 million viewers and each episode being the most-watched programme of the day.

BBC Commissioning Editor Tommy Bulfin said: “We’re really proud of Death in Paradise and know how popular it is with viewers, offering some much needed escapism as well as compelling whodunnits and deeply satisfying plot twists. We hope audiences enjoy the tenth anniversary series starting tonight, and they have lots to look forward to with series 11 and 12.”

Death in Paradise is a Red Planet Pictures production for BBC One made with the support of the region of Guadeloupe and internationally distributed by BBC Studios.

Jon Creamer