Beyond Paradise confirmed for season 3 and special episode

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Beyond Paradise confirmed for season 3BBC

Beyond Paradise is returning for a third season and a Christmas special.

The BBC announced the exciting news about the Death in Paradise spin-off following its hugely emotional season finale on Friday (April 26).

"The response to series two has been fantastic. So much love goes into the making of the show, and we’re delighted that the audience have enjoyed it so much," said executive producer Tim Key.

"We can’t wait to get back to Shipton Abbott for another Christmas special and series to continue the story and learn more about our characters and the town they live in – I can promise that we’ll be making the viewers laugh, cry, laugh a bit more and then baffling them with a series of ingenious puzzles. There will also be a duck.”

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The second season of Beyond Paradise has continued to be a ratings winner for BBC One, with its opening episode attracting an impressive 7.5 million viewers thus far.

Friday's finale provided some resolution about the future of Shipton Abbott's station house following CS Charlie Wood's internal investigation, as well as an emotional decision for Martha and Humphrey about their future together.

The finale episode included Hollyoaks legend Jeff Rawle in a guest role as curator of the Shipton Abbott Museum, while Doctor Who's Peter Davison recurred throughout the second season.

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"Beyond Paradise has become such a huge hit with millions of viewers across the UK. It’s a show that is absolutely on a roll, and we’re beyond pleased to bring more fiendishly clever mysteries from the Shipton Abbott team to the BBC," BBC Director of Drama, Lindsay Salt, said.

This renewal news for Beyond Paradise comes ahead of sweeping changes to the companion show Death in Paradise after Ralf Little recently departed as lead detective Neville Parker.

Death in Paradise and its spin-off, Beyond Paradise, both air on BBC One and stream on BBC iPlayer.

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