Beyond Paradise creators tease future after Death in Paradise crossover

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Death in Paradise fans were given a huge surprise in the finale of Beyond Paradise last night, as Neville Parker (Ralf Little), the Commissioner (Don Warrington), Marlon (Tahj Miles), Naomi (Shantol Jackson) and Catherine (Élizabeth Bourgine) spent time with Humphrey (Kris Marshall) and Martha (Sally Bretton) back in the bar on Saint Marie.

This was a huge moment because, of course, Humphrey and Martha were two characters created in a previous series of Death in Paradise, with the spin-off following their new life in Shipton Abbot as Humphrey joins the local police force and Martha opens her new restaurant.

After Martha told Humphrey that they shouldn’t be together as he was desperate to be a father and she couldn’t put herself through another round of IVF, fans started to fear what the future would look like for this couple.

Humphrey didn’t know what to do so he jumped on a plane and took off, returning to the place he called home for so long.

Back outside the beach cottage, hearing the waves calmly crash against the shore, Humphrey said hello to Harry the lizard, and it was there the Commissioner popped by to offer some advice.

The surprises kept on coming for us all as it became apparent that Martha knew exactly where Humphrey was going (he booked the hotel on her credit card) and followed him back to the place where they fell in love.

‘There isn’t a me, without a you’, Humphrey told Martha and yes, we’re crying again.

Reunited, Martha, Humphrey and the Commissioner returned to Catherine’s bar, where the present team – Neville, Marlon and Naomi – were enjoying a drink after work.

And so, as they laughed and chatted, we said goodbye after the first series of Beyond Paradise.

But what does that mean for the future?

Creator Tony Jordan recently told ‘This isn’t an experiment! We have tried to create a show that will deliver to the audience and get the same feeling as Death in Paradise. They are completely different worlds, but they are feel good television and I don’t think there is enough of that. I think there is so much crime drama of missing babies, dead teenagers, people hanging from trees and all sorts!

‘I like shows like Death in Paradise where the family all sit together and I love it. Death in Paradise, 9pm on a Friday, you think “oh quick sit down!”. I hope that we’ll get the same thing with Beyond Paradise.

‘We are working on ideas for future series, we’d absolutely love for it to go again.’

‘We have the freedom to tell stories in a different way with this show’, Tim Key, Executive Producer added.

‘We have created a format where it is almost slightly format-less. We can start the show without a pre-title sequence, episode 1 doesn’t have a title sequence, episode 2 does, we can tell our stories in very different ways, whereas Death in Paradise is slightly more formatted in that sense.

‘We’re able to shake things up and keep it fresh and surprising, which is what we have to do with Death in Paradise, but the show is so known for its format that you can’t bend and break that, but Beyond Paradise doesn’t really have any rules.’

Beyond Paradise is available to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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