Ralf Little sends message to his Death in Paradise replacement

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3 May 2024, 13:11

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With the new lead actor having been announced for Death in Paradise, the outgoing Ralf Little has taken to social media to share a message to his successor.

It was announced yesterday (2nd May), that EastEnders, Shetland and Doctor Who star Don Gilet will take over the reins of the Caribbean crime team, having arrived on the idyllic island of Saint Marie from London. He will play Detective Inspector Mervin WiIson, and makes his Death in Paradise debut during this year’s Christmas special, and will properly get his teeth into the role for series 14 in 2025.

Following the big announcement, Ralf Little, who played DI Neville Parker on the BBC One show, shared a video on his Instagram to welcome his replacement.

He told followers: "I have actually known for a couple of weeks, but obviously couldn't say anything.

"The new detective is the wonderful Don Gilet. And I just wanna say, from me to you, Don, I hope you have the most wonderful time. It's the most magical experience, and I just hope you just get everything out of it, and I wish you the best of luck.”

He added: “I'm absolutely sure you're gonna be magnificent. Cheers, mate."

The Royle Family star's time on Death in Paradise was made up of thirty-six episodes, three feature-length festive specials, and a cameo in spin-off show Beyond Paradise, before he sailed off into the sunset at the end of series 13.

Speaking in a statement, Don 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.” 

He continued: “It is my intention to never lose sight of that and to remain grateful, humbled and 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!”

Find out why some fans of the show are stumped about a possible plot hole that the new lead character’s introduction brings here.

Death in Paradise airs on BBC One and streams on BBC iPlayer.