Beyond Paradise (TV series)

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Beyond Paradise
Series title in the form of a postmark over a river scene
GenreCrime drama
Created by
Based onCharacters from Death in Paradise by Robert Thorogood
Theme music composerBellowhead
ComposerMagnus Fiennes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Executive producers
  • Tony Jordan
  • Tim Key
  • Belinda Campbell
  • Alex Jones
  • Kris Marshall
ProducerLindsay Hughes
Production locationLooe
Running time60 minutes
Production companyRed Planet Pictures
Original release
Release24 February 2023 (2023-02-24) –
Death in Paradise

Beyond Paradise is a BBC crime drama television series that first aired on 24 February 2023. It is a spin-off of the long-running crime series Death in Paradise[1] and stars Kris Marshall.

On 8 April 2023 it was renewed for a second series and a Christmas special.[2][3]


The show follows Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman, who left Saint Marie to be with Martha Lloyd. After becoming engaged, the couple move to Martha's hometown of Shipton Abbott, near the Devon coast. Not long after arriving, Humphrey joins the small local police force, where he quickly makes an impression on the local officers: Detective Sergeant Esther Williams, PC Kelby Hartford and office support worker Margo Martins, bringing a whole new approach to police work.[4]


Recurring characters[edit]

  • Jamie Bamber as Archie Hughes, Martha's business partner and ex-fiance
  • Chris Jenks as Josh Woods, petty thief
  • Jade Harrison as Chief Superintendent Charlotte (Charlie) Woods



Kris Marshall was one of the most popular detectives to feature on Death in Paradise and the producers knew he resonated with audiences around the world. The producers felt audiences wanted to know what happened to Humphrey and Martha.[4] Sally Bretton also reprised her role from Death in Paradise.

Zahra Ahmadi and Barbara Flynn had both previously appeared in episodes of Death in Paradise playing different characters.


The series is set in the fictional town of Shipton Abbott, South Devon. A number of locations were considered, but the producers settled on the West Country as they felt that Devon hadn’t been used very often in TV drama. They decided to film in the Cornish town of Looe[5] because it had a thriving community with fishing businesses. The fictional town is set slightly back from the coast so different storylines could be developed.[4]


Episodes 4-6 on BritBox in the US were shown a week earlier than they were in the UK.

Series 1 (2023)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [6]
1"Episode 1"Sandy JohnsonTony Jordan24 February 2023 (2023-02-24)7.57
Humphrey literally drops in to his new position as DI of Shipton Abbott police station. His first cases involve a woman convinced she was pushed by a seventeenth-century witch of local legend who steals children, dealing with a petty thief who's in love, and the theft of a number of red cars. Humphrey and his fiancée, Martha, who is pregnant by IVF treatment, are staying with her mother while Martha looks for premises to open a cafe. Humphrey solves the crimes but he and Martha are struck by personal tragedy.
2"Episode 2"Sandy JohnsonTony Jordan3 March 2023 (2023-03-03)7.15

Humphrey and Esther are called to an unlocked house where the family, Matthew and Laura Colbert and their two children, have disappeared, leaving an unfinished evening meal, television and lights on, and the car still in the driveway. PC Kelby is looking into a hit-and-run with his only clue: pieces of plastic from a broken headlight. Following her personal tragedy, Martha is preparing to open her cafe but the bank refuses her loan and Humphrey has bought a boat, straining their relationship. Humphrey returns to the house and a missing key and a mobile phone belonging to the hit and run victim lead him to a solution. Martha is thrown a lifeline by local vineyard owner Archie Hughes, to whom she had been previously engaged. Humphrey misses the opening of the cafe to save the Colbert's lives.

Features a posthumous tribute to guest star Ruth Madoc.
3"Episode 3"Matt CarterAmy Guyler10 March 2023 (2023-03-10)7.04
A painting called the "Solo Mare" is being kept under covers at Shipton Manor overnight, before its sale to Louise Fitzallan by owner Terence Witham at the next morning's unveiling. PC Kelby is assigned by Humphrey to remain in the room overnight. When the painting is unveiled, it is gone save for its frame. PC Kelby can only offer the explanation of a short power cut and a man in an orange baseball cap running from the house and his leaving of the room for only a few minutes. Humphrey and Esther investigate the provenance of the painting which could lead to a motive for the theft. Humphrey is called to the South West Police Hub to meet the Chief Superintendent and has a beer with Martha's previous fiancée Archie.
4"Episode 4"Sandy JohnsonIan Kershaw24 March 2023 (2023-03-24)6.53

A man is found dead of a suspected heart attack in the middle of a newly made crop circle at North Farm with no identification and the last page of Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations hidden in his sock. Investigations find his car 10 miles away at the site of an illegal rave with a map of North Farm. The farm is a centre of many sightings of alien ships that the owners, brother and sister Andrew and Cassie Parker, use to supplement the farm's income. Further investigation reveal their estranged father had died recently in prison serving a sentence for a gold bullion robbery that was never recovered. Martha is worried by a food critic coming to review the cafe. She also confides to Humphrey she does not wish to continue the IVF treatment and Archie tries to rekindle their romance with a kiss.

Aired two weeks later due to Comic Relief
5"Episode 5"Matt CarterChloe Mi Lin Ewart31 March 2023 (2023-03-31)6.39
Three fires twelve hours apart, the last being at Archie's winery, all daubed with the word PIG lead Humphrey to suspect the arsonist is using the children's story Three Little Pigs as a motive as he and Esther can find no connection between the victims. A silver button found at the first fire being the only clue. Kelby finds CCTV evidence at a boat shed where petrol and paint were stolen and Esther, as a mother herself, knows the suspect and a what a mother would do to protect a daughter. During a misunderstanding, Archie lets slip to Humphrey he tried to kiss Martha and heart to heart talks between Archie and Martha, Humphrey and Esther, and finally Humphrey and Martha leads to her breaking off her engagement to Humphrey.
6"Episode 6"Matt CarterTony Jordan7 April 2023 (2023-04-07)6.01

Lucy Elliot's home is burgled and fingerprints and a boot print found at the scene lead to her ex-girlfriend Hayley Collins, who at the time of the robbery was in the police station cells. The modus operandi of the theft was of known local thief Atticus Styles, who lived within a hundred yards of the burglary, but had an alibi. Elliot's solicitor Kate Nolan, her current girlfriend, worked for the firm that had represented Styles in the past. Esther struggles with the case as Humphrey, distracted by his personal problems, is unable to give the case his full attention. Unable to resolve his personal problems, Humphrey leaves Shipton Abbot for a holiday on Saint Marie and a reunion with old friends Commissioner Patterson and Catherine, and meets the current police team led by DI Neville Parker. An unexpected second reunion on Saint Marie also takes place.

Guest appearances: DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little), DS Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson), Officer Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles), Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington), Catherine Bordey (Elizabeth Bourgine)


Michael Hogan of The Telegraph gave it four stars out of five, proclaiming it 'superior to its mothership show' and that it was 'Charming, cheerful and just gripping enough, (the series) was the cosy crime treat we didn't know we needed.'[7] Jack Seale of The Guardian, conversely, awarded the first episode two out of five stars.[1]


  1. ^ a b Jack Seale (24 February 2023). "Beyond Paradise review – Kris Marshall's detective spinoff swaps sunshine for awful fart gags". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 February 2023.
  2. ^ "Beyond Paradise future revealed after series 1 finale". 7 April 2023.
  3. ^ "Hit BBC Drama Beyond Paradise to return for second series and Christmas Special".
  4. ^ a b c "Beyond Paradise". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  5. ^ Aplin, Lucy (15 February 2023). "Beyond Paradise filming location in Cornwall for the BBC's Death in Paradise spin-off series".
  6. ^ "Most Viewed Programmes (See relevant week(s))". BARB.
  7. ^ Hogan, Michael (24 February 2023). "Beyond Paradise, review: crime drama's Devon staycation proves a match for the Caribbean". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 29 June 2023.

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