10 January 2020 00:38

Death in Paradise A Private War Marie Colvin

Ralf Little will join the cast for season 9 (Picture: Philip Volkers/BBC/PA) Death in Paradise comes back to BBC One tonight for its ninth season. The comedy drama, which follows British detectives as they solve murders on the fictional island of Saint Marie has a slightly different cast this season. While the line-up might be a little different, we can rely on seeing the same luscious landscapes and beaches, ruined only by the rampant murders that take place there. But who is new to the cast this year – and who's departed paradise for good? Here's what you need to know… Who is leaving Death in Paradise season 9 and who is in the cast?

Ardal O'Hanlon will leave the show, having played DI Jack Mooney for three years. Speaking about his imminent departure, he said: 'I've spent the last four summers in Guadeloupe playing DI Jack Mooney (solving over 20 murder cases in my time there!) It's been a hugely rewarding and unforgettable experience, working with incredibly talented actors, directors and crew while discovering a magical part of the world. Advertisement 'However, it's time to move on and explore other opportunities – preferably nearer the Arctic Circle.' Ardal O'Hanlon will leave the island this season (Picture: ITV) Ardal is the latest departure from the show, following Danny John-Jules' departure last year,as well as Josephine Jobert, who also stepped down in 2019. Danny was replaced by Shyko Amos, who plays new police officer Ruby Patterson, while Josephine was replaced by Aude Legastelois. EastEnders star Nina Wadia will also make her debut this season as the character of Anna – a woman who has come to the island to make a 'fresh start' following her divorce.

Ralf Little has been cast as Ardal's replacement, and will head to Saint Marie to keep on the good fight. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video What time is Death In Paradise on and where can you watch it? Death in Paradise kicks off tonight on BBC One at 9pm. Following broadcast, it will also be available to watch online on iPlayer. Death In Paradise series 9 starts tonight, Thursday 9 January, at 9pm on BBC One. MORE: Death in Paradise star Ardal O'Hanlon reveals fans will be 'shocked' at his exit MORE: Ben Miller on quitting Death In Paradise: 'I felt like it was a good time to leave' Death in Paradise star Ardal O'Hanlon has discussed the reasons for his departure. In October, the BBC show announced that O'Hanlon would be leaving his role as DI Jack Mooney in the ninth series. Ralf Little will replace him. Speaking to Metro, O'Hanlon said that a number of factors contributed to his decision, including reasons linked to the filming location and his character. Red Planet Pictures/Denis Guyenon BBC "There's never just one specific reason, but I feel like I overstayed my welcome and it was four summers of my life spent away from my family. They need me!" he said. "I feel like you can get too much of a good thing, and I think this is the kind of show that traditionally has always changed the lead, because it is a very demanding job and you are away from home for huge periods of time. "You know, something has to give, and also in terms of the character, I don't think [there] was anywhere else for it to go, really." Denis Guyenon BBC Meanwhile, executive producer Tim Key told Digital Spy there currently aren't any plans for a return for Kris Marshall, but didn't rule out something happening in the future. "He's like everyone – you know, he had a great time on the show. And if we had the right story, I'm sure he'd come back. It could happen. Kris is great," he said. Death in Paradise airs on BBC One. You can also catch up on series 1-8 on Amazon Prime Video. Digital Spy now has a newsletter – sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox. Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit 'Like' on our Digital Spy Facebook page and 'Follow' on our @digitalspy Instagram and Twitter accounts.