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Ralf Little bids farewell to Saint Marie

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Ralf Little bids farewell to Saint Marie

The sun sets on DI Neville Parker.

The BBC have today confirmed that Ralf Little has left his post as DI Neville Parker on the BBC and Red Planet Pictures’ Caribbean crime-drama, Death in Paradise.

After four years, thirty-nine episodes, and a cameo in the spin-off show Beyond Paradise, Ralf has become the longest-serving actor to play the lead Detective Inspector in the series. At the end of tonight’s series finale, Neville sailed off into the sunset with DS Florence Cassell, played by Josephine Jobert, after their tumultuous ‘will they, wont they’ storyline reached its emotional conclusion.

The dramatic ending brings a close to another series full of surprising and shocking twists and turns, including the shooting of Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington) in the 100th episode, Officer Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles) bidding farewell to the island, and the welcome return of some other familiar faces – Camille Bordey (Sara Martins), JP Hooper (Tobi Bakare) and Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules).

A star-studded raft of guests also joined the regular cast, including Academy Award winner Hayley Mills, Pearce Quigley, Ronni Ancona, Genesis Lynea, Richard Fleeshman, Shvorne Marks, Kate Robbins, Taj Atwal and more.

Neville joined the Saint Marie police team in 2020, taking over from DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon). His four-year tenure as Detective Inspector saw him face many ups and downs, overcome his allergies, aversions to the sun, and even an attempt to frame him for murder to become Saint Marie’s longest serving sleuth. New lead casting for Death in Paradise will be announced in due course.

Tim Key, Executive Producer for Red Planet Pictures:

“Joining a successful show like Death in Paradise as the lead is a daunting and risky prospect, but Ralf’s confidence and talent shone through from day one and the audience response to Neville and his journey has been amazing. I can’t thank Ralf enough for everything he has brought to the show, on and off screen, and wish him all the very best for the future.”

Death in Paradise will return later this year for a fourth feature-length Christmas special, followed by a new series in 2025.

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