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Where is Death In Paradise filmed?

Shantol Jackson and Ralf Little star in Death In Paradise. (BBC)
Shantol Jackson and Ralf Little star in Death In Paradise. (BBC)

Death In Paradise returns tonight for a 12th season of crime in a Caribbean island setting.

The popular BBC One series brings a welcome hit of sunshine to our UK winter, but where do the lucky cast get to film?

Where is Death In Paradise set?

The murder mystery drama is set on a fictional Caribbean island called Saint Marie.

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It follows a series of UK detectives, who change every few seasons, as they forge a new life and career in an idyllic setting but find that criminals can still be a nightmare even in paradise.

Currently, Ralf Little is in the lead role as DI Neville Parker.

Where is the series filmed?

Don Warrington as Commisioner Selwyn Patterson next to the fishing village of Deshaies. (BBC)
Don Warrington as Commisioner Selwyn Patterson next to the fishing village of Deshaies. (BBC)

Saint Marie is referred to as being in the Lesser Antilles, but the cast really travel to Guadeloupe in the Leeward Islands to film each series.

Guadeloupe is between Dominica and Antigua, and its stunning beaches span two main islands.

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It's a French-speaking island, which is why many of the show's characters supposedly from Saint Marie speak with French accents.

Death In Paradise returns to many of the same locations. (BBC)
Death In Paradise returns to many of the same locations. (BBC)

Locations viewers may spot in the programme include the beautiful botanical gardens, the picture postcard Anse La Perle beach, and the Zoo de Guadeloupe.

Neville's police station base is actually filmed in part of the church of St Peter and St Paul, while the fictional town of Honore where the characters spend much of their time is set in the real-life fishing village of Deshaies.

Many of the grisly murders in the show are filmed at the same place that the cast and crew usually stay, the Langley Fort Royal Hotel - so show superfans might want to add it to their travel bucketlist.

Where is spin-off Beyond Paradise set and filmed?

Beyond Paradise stars Kris Marshall and Sally Bretton. (BBC)
Beyond Paradise stars Kris Marshall and Sally Bretton. (BBC)

Keen Death In Paradise viewers had some exciting news last year when a spin-off series, Beyond Paradise, was announced.

It will star popular former show lead Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman in his life after deciding to quit Saint Marie.

Humphrey chose to travel back to the UK in 2017 in pursuit of his true love Martha Lloyd (Sally Bretton) and the new series will follow their romance as well as his latest career move.

Although it might not be the Caribbean, the spin-off filmed in a UK paradise of its own by travelling to Devon and Cornwall.

The couple set up home in Martha's hometown of Shipton Abbott, but quickly find that just like Honore, the idyll is not as sleepy as expected...

Death In Paradise returns tonight at 9pm on BBC One.