Death in Paradise boss confirms season 10 delays as filming pushed back amid coronavirus pandemic

DEATH in Paradise's boss has confirmed season 10 has been delayed and filming has been pushed back amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The hit BBC series is filmed on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe but as with many shows, production has been halted because of the Covid-19 crisis.

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The show's creator Robert Thorogood shared the sad news on Twitter, writing: "Very sad to report that Death in Paradise series 10 won't start filming next month in wonderful Guadeloupe.

"We're all a bit thrown to say the least, but we'll be back – at some point – and look forward to start killing people again as soon as possible."

Executive producer Tim Kay offered further details in a statement to Hello!, saying: "In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, Red Planet Pictures the producers of Death in Paradise have postponed filming in consultation with and supported by the BBC.

"We will continue to review all productions on a case-by-case basis and will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the Foreign Office, World Health Organisation and Public Health England."

No further details were given as to whether the delay in filming will affect the launch date of season 10, which fans expected to drop in early 2021 in keeping with past seasons.

Season nine recently came to an end with Ralf Little taking over from Ardal O'Hanlon as the new lead detective, Neville Parker.

Before the season 10 delay was revealed, Ralf, 40, had joked he wanted to "get ripped" for the next series.

He told Digital Spy: "I want to get my French in order, obviously [Neville] speaks English but it would be nice to speak French on the island.

“So I have to work on my French.”

That isn’t the only thing he’s planning to do in preparation for his time in the Caribbean, as he also revealed he wants to “get ripped” in case there’s any shower scenes.

He said: “There may be a scene that they write where it’s like, ‘Oh Neville’s having a shower’, and then he sees Harry [the lizard] and he runs out of the shower.

“What I want to happen on the day of shooting, when they go, ‘Okay, can you…?’ I’ll just take my T-shirt off and they’ll go, ‘Wait a second. Why are you ripped?’

“Neville is not meant to be ripped but I’m going to give them no choice.

“I’ve never bothered to be motivated before so I’m going to be like, ‘Right, just in case’.”


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