Death in Paradise Christmas Special 2022

Death in Paradise – the BBC announce a Christmas Special for 2022 (updated)

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The show reveals its festive cast additions, plus new faces for Series 12.

(Updated 28/10/22): Familiar faces head to Saint Marie for Christmas this year.

Although filmed in the spring, details of this year’s Death in Paradise Christmas Special have been tightly wrapped. Until now…

Joining the cast for the show’s second festive outing are actor and game show host Les Dennis, and everyone’s favourite belligerent nun Siobhán McSweeney (Derry Girls).

Derry Girls - Siobhan McSweeny as Sister Michael

The pair will join the show’s regulars; Ralf Little (D.I. Neville Parker), Don Warrington (Commissioner Selwyn Patterson), Élizabeth Bourgine (Catherine Bordey) Tahj Miles (Officer Marlon Pryce), Shantol Jackson (D.S. Naomi Thomas) and Ginny Holder (Darlene Curtis).

What’s happening this Christmas?

Well, doubtless a murder, but the BBC have released a synopsis for the special too:

Christmas in Saint Marie takes a spooky turn this year when an old case of Selwyn’s comes back to haunt him following the murder of a true crime podcaster on the hunt for a missing child. Marlon is forced to spend the night in a haunted house and Darlene takes a hard look at her life choices. And after a chance encounter in an airport car park, could love finally be in the air for Neville Parker?

Death in Paradise Christmas Special - clapperboard

Season 12

With the new season airing early in 2023, they’ve offered a few teases too:

The new series kicks off with the mysterious death of a celebrity astronomer and a change of job for Darlene. We also meet a bunch of Preppers digging in for the apocalypse on a Saint Marie hillside, when the end comes dramatically early for one of them. An impossible killing on a boat takes the team to a beautiful beach under threat, and an apparently straightforward domestic murder twists into what could be Neville’s greatest ever challenge…

The official Death in Paradise twitter has been busy promoting their line-up of upcoming guests.

They include Doctor Who‘s Fugitive Doctor Jo Martin, as well as Chelsea Edge, Robert Webb, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Christopher Villiers, Kevin Eldon, Amit Shah, Jo Hartley, Barney Walsh, John Michie, Fiona Button, Okorie Chukwu, Gamba Cole and Cara Theobald.

We’ll keep you posted when we hear of trailers and air dates.

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Death in Paradise – the BBC announce a Christmas Special for 2022

Series 12 and a feature length special head into production this spring. 

Off the back of 2021’s Death in Paradise Christmas Special, the first in the show’s history (which aired on Boxing Day), the BBC have announced another for 2022.

It seems many of us enjoyed spending part of the festive period on Saint Marie; 8.8 million viewers tuned in to watch last year. That makes the show the third most-watched over the festive period (based on the all-screens, 30+ days figure).

Death In Paradise Christmas Special 2022

Of the commission, Executive Producer Tim Key said:

“We were overwhelmed with the fantastic response to our first Christmas special and delighted that we’ve been asked to take the viewers back to Saint Marie this Christmas. We can promise something very different this year, but still with all the Death in Paradise fun, sparkle and intrigue that the viewers will expect”

The show’s twelfth series was commissioned early last year. It heads into production alongside this feature-length Christmas Special in the spring. Ralf Little, Don Warrington, Elizabeth Bourgine, Tahj Miles, Shantol Jackson and Ginny Holder are all expected to appear. James Hall writes, with Ruth Carney directing and Candida Julian-Jones producing.

Death in Paradise is a Red Planet Pictures production for BBC One. It’s made with the support of the region of Guadeloupe.

Unsurprisingly there’s no further information about the upcoming series as yet, it’s all still under wraps. We’ll keep you posted.