Shooting has now restarted on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe for the tenth  series of Red Planet Pictures’ Death in Paradise for BBC One, making it one of the first British single camera dramas to start filming since lockdown.

Red Planet Pictures have worked with industry bodies, other production companies and the BBC to develop a detailed Covid-19 protocol policy, implementing various safety measures including social distancing, face coverings and temperature and Covid-19 testing to minimise any risk of infection.

There is also a full-time Covid-19 Supervisor on set and production is working in line with the Guadeloupe advice as well as the industry guidelines.

Ralf Little is back as D.I. Neville Parker, Don Warrington as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson, Tobi Bakare as D.S. JP Hooper and Elizabeth Bourgine as Mayor Catherine Bordey.

New cast includes Tahj Miles who plays 18-year-old petty criminal Marlon Pryce.

Executive Producer Tim Key said: “We are delighted to be able to start filming and can’t wait to celebrate our tenth series with our audience.  It’s a joy to be working with Josephine Jobert again and we think the viewers will love watching her trying to get to grips with Neville.  And we are very happy to welcome Tahj Miles to the show.  Marlon is going to make real waves once he arrives in Saint Marie.  We’ve got some real treats for our long-term viewers as the series progresses – including some major surprises and the possibility of another returning face or two. We are determined to make this our biggest and best series yet and can’t wait to take our viewers back to Saint Marie in 2021.”

Red Planet Pictures Joint Managing Director, Alex Jones said: “Like every other production company, we have faced huge challenges to get to this point, so we are delighted to be up and running again and extremely grateful to everyone who has helped us get this far, not least the people of Deshaies and the region of Guadeloupe for their assistance.  The safety of our cast and crew – as well as our friends in Guadeloupe – is the most important thing to us and our policies have been designed to protect everybody whilst still delivering an amazing series for our tenth year.”

BBC Commissioning Editor Tommy Bulfin said: “We are so pleased that filming has started on this special tenth anniversary series of Death in Paradise. This series is packed-full of captivating cases and unexpected twists, as well as some really great surprises for fans of the show. Thanks so much to Red Planet Pictures for working so hard to make it happen.”

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.  Series ten is produced by Jim Poyser.

Jon Creamer