Death in Paradise future confirmed by BBC after series 12 finale

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Death in Paradise future revealed BBC

Death in Paradise series 12 spoilers follow.

Death in Paradise will return following its shocking series 12 finale on Friday night (February 24).

The BBC has wasted absolutely no time in confirming it has commissioned two more full series of the crime drama as well as a pair of feature-length Christmas specials.

This mega-commission means that next year's series of Death in Paradise will open with the show's historic 100th episode.

"The response to series 12 has been incredible, so we’re delighted that we’ll be heading back to Guadeloupe for at least two more series," executive producer Tim Key has said.

"We’ve got an amazing and joyful Christmas special in store, and then series 13 begins with our 100th episode, so we’ve got plenty of surprises ready to celebrate that milestone. We’ve got huge plans for the future and can’t wait to get going again."

BBC Drama director Lindsay Salt added: "With its sparkling blend of mystery, humour and heart, Death In Paradise continues to delight the millions of us who make the return trip to Saint Marie with every sun-drenched episode. It is a programme that goes from strength to strength, and I could not be happier that it will return for another two series and specials on BBC One and iPlayer."

The renewal announcement doesn't specify whether Ralf Little will be sticking around through both upcoming series as DI Neville Parker, following hints Neville could be ready to move on.

After being arrested and framed for murder by the woman he loved, Friday's finale hinted that Neville will be sticking around at least for now after he got some closure on his doomed romance with Sophie.

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The franchise is more popular than ever, as Friday also launched the long-awaited spinoff series Beyond Paradise, where Kris Marshall returned as Humphrey Goodman and Sally Bretton was back as his girlfriend Martha Lloyd.

Death in Paradise airs on BBC One and streams on BBC iPlayer. A spin-off, Beyond Paradise, continues weekly on Friday nights as well.

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