Death in Paradise fans stumped over Ralf Little replacement amid major plot hole

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3 May 2024, 10:17

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Death in Paradise fans are rather perplexed by the BBC's rather villainous replacement for former star of the show Ralf Little.

The sunny shores of Saint Marie are facing a storm of confusion as Death in Paradise fans grapple with the news of Ralf Little's replacement, only to be hit with a rather baffling plot twist that rivals the show's most perplexing mysteries.

The man tasked with filling Little's detective shoes? None other than Don Gilet, the infamous EastEnders villain known for his sinister turn as Lucas Johnson.

But as excited as viewers are for the new detective's arrival, they've unearthed a major hiccup in the casting.

Sharp-eyed fans were quick to point out that Don Gilet had previously graced the Death in Paradise screen – as a murderer, no less!

Don Filet in Eastenders

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In a Season 4 episode titled Stab in the Dark, Gilet's character, Andre Morgan, was revealed as the mastermind behind a chilling crime.

The episode saw the owner of a rum distillery murdered during a séance, with some believing the culprit to be a ghost, until former lead detective Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) uncovers an affair scandal that ultimately reveals Don’s character to be acting out his revenge.

Cue the collective gasp heard 'round the island!

"I don't mind them recasting those who have been in it before," remarked one bewildered viewer. "It just seems a bit weird having someone who was a murderer in the show before."

Others took to social media to voice their confusion, with one fan quipping: "Are we meant to forget he played a baddie in an episode?"

Another lamented: "I can't watch it now!"

But fear not, dear viewers, for all is not lost! As seasoned fans pointed out, Ralf Little himself had made a cameo appearance before stepping into the lead role.

"It's not unusual," one fan reassured, citing similar instances in television history.

Little himself even joked about the regularity of these casting continuity mishaps to the Radio Times back in 2020: "And it’s fine, and we can just accept that as part of the show’s history and move on. In TV world it’s not that unusual to be honest… I was four different characters in Heartbeat. Peter Capaldi was in an episode of Doctor Who before he was Doctor Who,"

And while the casting conundrum may leave some scratching their heads, there's no denying the excitement surrounding Gilet's debut as Detective Inspector Mervin Wilson.

With his EastEnders pedigree and knack for playing complex characters, Gilet is poised to bring a fresh dynamic to the beloved series.

Speaking about his new role, the star said: "Being offered the new lead role in Death in Paradise feels like a deeply loved and incredibly precious jewel has been placed in my hands.

"This is a big show, with a big heart and the love continually grows for it. It is my intention to never lose sight of that and to remain grateful, humbledand dedicated.

"Even during those testing times when every sinew is screaming at me to run off the set and dive into the sea, swimming pool or an ice-cold beer – whichever happens to be closer at the time."

As for Little, fans bid a fond farewell to DI Neville Parker in a bittersweet episode that saw him sail off into the sunset with DS Florence Cassell. Reflecting on his departure, Little shared: "It just felt right."

And though his time on the island may have come to an end, his legacy lives on in the hearts of viewers everywhere.

With Gilet's arrival and a tantalising plot twist in the mix, Death in Paradise continues to captivate audiences with its blend of mystery, humour, and tropical charm.

So, grab your magnifying glass and sunscreen, because Saint Marie awaits – and you won't want to miss a clue!

Death in Paradise is streaming on BBC iPlayer.