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BBC crime drama Death in Paradise renewed for season eight

Find out everything you need to know about Death in Paradise season eight

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The BBC has confirmed that Death in Paradise will return for an eighth series. The popular crime drama follows DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O'Hanlon) and his team as they solve crimes on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie. Executive producer Tim Key said: "We're delighted to be returning to Saint Marie for more fun and intrigue – as well as some big surprises. It's a joy to work on a show that is so loved by its audience and we can't wait to head back to Guadeloupe and start filming later this year."

Ardal plays DI Jack Mooney

Speaking about his role, Ardal told Radio Times: "I've always wanted to play a detective. Always loved detective shows, right back to Columbo, The Rockford Files, Starsky & Hutch." He also described his character as "a sad-sack Met officer working in a dank basement who gets this gig looking after visiting Caribbean officers", adding: "I'm as crippled with doubt as the next actor. For most of us, even the apparently very confident ones, doubt is a big part of life. But I'm of a certain age now, and those kind of things don't plague me the way they might have ten years ago, I embrace the challenge."

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The latest season of the show has proven popular, with the premiere attracting 8.2 million viewers. If you need to catch up on season seven, you can watch the current series every Thursday at 9pm on BBC One, or watch on iPlayer.

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