Death in Paradise: Ralf Little addresses his future on show
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Death in Paradise will make its return on Boxing Day with another BBC Christmas special. Detective Neville Parked (played by Ralf Little) will be back to solve another mysterious murder along with Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles) and Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson). The one-off programme will also feature a number of guest stars, including Les Dennis.
Les will play medium Danny Sheridan, who helps the team with their latest investigation.
The festive instalment will follow the murder of a true crime podcaster, who at the time, was on the hunt for a missing child.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk and other press, Les opened up about what it was like to play Danny.
He went on to detail how he already knew Don Warrington, who plays Commissioner Selwyn Pattison.
“I play Danny Sheridan who builds himself as a celebrity medium,” Les said when discussing his character.
“And so he gets involved in the case after the murder of a true crime podcaster and he claims to be in contact with the missing child from the past.
“So yeah, it’s a lovely character to play, he’s cheesy, he lives on the island, and he’s got a big villa.”
He continued: “Most of my scenes were with Jinny, who plays Darlene and of course, with Neville, with Ralph and also with Don Warrington, who I know from the past as well.”
Speaking about his relationship with Don and the rest of the cast behind the scenes, Les shared: “They were all absolutely lovely…Jinny Holder was lovely.
“Ralph was again welcoming and I know Don Warrington and his partner, Paula.
“I would go to their villa and see them and so, Don and I have talked about keeping up but he’s been out there and I’ve been down here in London working on something else.
“So we will catch up soon, I think.”
Despite never working with the Selwyn Pattison star before, Les explained he had previously met the actor at the theatre and that he was a “huge fan”.
He said: “I’ve always been a big fan and we’ve met at the theatre on opening nights and things but I’ve never actually spent as much time as we did on the show.”
When chatting about his “biggest scene” with Ralf, the 69-year-old admitted he was “nervous”.
“My first scene was probably my biggest scene,” the star explained. “On the day, I was very nervous about going in and being with all these people who were absolutely as you say, already regulars.”
“It’s hot for one thing,” he said of the challenges on set. “You’re filming in heat and you’re doing the scene, and you think, ‘I’ve got to get this right’ because I had a lot of the dialogue in it.
“So I was a little nervous, but the cast was so welcoming.”
“It wasn’t just that we would film in the day and then they’d all go back to their homes, we all kind of met up in the evenings and socialised,” Les added.
Death in Paradise Christmas special airs on Boxing Day at 9pm on BBC One.
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