Filming has begun on the new series of Death In Paradise – but without Danny John-Jules.
The 57-year-old Red Dwarf star has quit after seven series, meaning much-loved Officer Dwayne Myers, will be missing for the eighth.
A source tells us: “Danny wanted a break to do other things.
"But he isn’t being killed off, so there is always the option for him to return.”
A new arrival on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie will be Officer Ruby Patterson, played by Shyko Amos.
Officer Ruby joins the team led by DI Jack Mooney, played by Ardal O’Hanlon, fresh out of police college but also happens to be the commissioner’s niece.
Shyko says: “There is nothing quite like Death in Paradise on TV. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I’ve joined such a massively popular show. It’s given me a butterfly or two, but I’m very excited. Officer Ruby Patterson is a bundle of joy.”
Executive producer Tim Key says: “We’re delighted to welcome Shyko to the team. We’re very sad to have said goodbye to Danny, whose brilliant performance has helped make the show such a success.”
The last series of the show, which is filmed on the Caribbean island, Guadeloupe, pulled in around eight million viewers.
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