The cast of Death in Paradise made a surprise appearance on their schedule outside the show Paradise with Kris Marshall’s character DI Humphrey Goodman meeting one of his successors, DI Neville Parker, played by Ralf Little.
Friday’s finale of the new BBC drama saw Humphrey battling difficulties in his relationship with Martha, played by Sally Bretton, solving a burglary case before reuniting with some familiar faces from the original series.
In the first series of Out of Paradise, viewers witnessed Humphrey and Martha’s relationship becoming increasingly strained as the couple tried to conceive, despite both longing for a child, before the couple were reunited on the fictional island of Saint Mary’s in the series finale.
A pair of problems comes to a head on Friday evening when Humphrey arrives at his old home on St. Mary’s, the Caribbean island where the first series is set, after apparently not convincing Martha to make their relationship work with or without children.
Through a message left on the answering machine at Martha’s mother’s house, a conflicted Humphrey could be heard saying: “I was about to say, I’m leaving really, I thought I’d clear my head so goodbye.”
He added: “But also, what you said, I thought a lot that you think I’m not enough, I don’t want you to think that I’m not enough.
“Because I might not like you enough.
“And I know that you can’t have children to leave a hole in my life, and I’m not going to pretend that’s not true, but they leave a small hole when I’m young.
I don’t think I can bear it because I don’t have a hole that you leave.
“I could never be filled with one. So I know you’re going to do me a favor, but you’re not, you really aren’t.”
“And I’m sorry but if you love someone then you will stay with them and do whatever life throws at you together.
“Neither shall it harm them, that they will, but let us harm them together, not ourselves.” I just wanted to say. And I love you. Goodbye.”
Marshall, who starred in three series of Death In Paradise between 2014 and 2017, was replaced as a detective on the show by Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon, who then played the role of Little Royle’s family.
In Out of Paradise, Martha discovers that Humphrey has been taken to St. Mary’s after placing his hotel book in his faith script and quickly follows him to the Caribbean island, where she asks if he understood what he was saying by the message of the answer.
Between the exchange of emotions, Humphrey replied: “You are all the family I need, I swear, I don’t have it without you.”
Shortly after the couple sealed their union with a kiss, the Death in Paradise character of Catherine Bordey, beaten by Elisabeth Bourgin, made a surprise appearance.
The couple went on to introduce the rest of the Santa Maria detective team, including DS Naomi Thomas, led by Shantol Jackson and Marlon Pryce, played by Tahj Miles.
The BBC has confirmed Beyond Paradise will return for a second series and a Christmas special following the first issue, with Marshall and Bretton returning to reprise their roles.
Lindsay Salt, director of BBC drama, said: “I am very excited to be returning to Shipton Abbey for the Christmas special and the second series of Paradise Lost.
“The response of BBC viewers to the series has been a joy to watch, and like millions of fans we can’t wait to find out what new mysteries are in store for Humphrey, Martha and the team.”
All episodes of Beyond Paradise are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.