Actor Ralf Little has opened up about how difficult it was ensuring filming for Death in Paradise was wrapped in time for the show’s typical early January release date, describing it as ‘quite an achievement’.
For the tenth season of Death in Paradise, Ralf, 40, is returning as DI Neville Parker, a role he first played in the ninth series.
The crime drama is set in the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie and filmed on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
During a recent conversation with BBC Breakfast, Ralf admitted that filming only ended around a fortnight ago, despite the first episode of the new series being released this week.
‘We only finished a couple of weeks ago which seems insane now to say it because it seems like a lifetime ago,’ he said.
‘I think I left the island on the 20th of December just in time for Christmas. It has been very hard work, if I may say, quite an achievement, to have got it all done in time.’
The English actor added that production on the programme began more than two months behind schedule, which made finishing in time that much more of an incredibly challenging task.
‘We made a commitment and the company made a commitment to try and get the show broadcast at the same time this year as any normal year,’ he said.
‘So it has been a real Herculean effort to get it done on a real time crunch. And yet here we are and we seem to have managed it.’
When filming was able to resume, Covid-19 safe measures were followed on set, with those present wearing face coverings, practising social distancing, having their temperatures checked and taking coronavirus tests.
Ralf said that he believes one of the show’s ‘greatest strengths’ is that it is launches in January every year, providing viewers with a source of escapism when ‘they have to get going for the year again’.
‘That slight slog where everyone feels cold and miserable and they have to get going for the year again and back to work reality. And then Death In Paradise comes along with a taste of sun,’ he said.
‘That is as important now as it has ever been when we have been getting some pretty depressing news in terms of lockdown, so hopefully it is going to lift people’s spirits more than ever.’
Death In Paradise airs on Thursday at 9pm on BBC One.
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