Actor Ralf Little, who is taking over the lead role from Ardal O'Hanlon in the BBC's hit detective series Death in Paradise, has said it is a "great honour" to be following in the footsteps of the Irish star.
Little will play a new character, Detective Inspector Neville Parker, who arrives on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie to investigate a suspicious death.
CONFIRMED: @RalfLittle will be playing D.I Neville Parker in #DeathInParadise🌴🏝️— Death in Paradise (@deathinparadise) October 20, 2019
A fish out of water, how will Neville cope when he lands in paradise and what will Harry make of his new housemate?🦎
Tune in to series nine on @BBCOne in the New Year where all will be revealed! pic.twitter.com/UFfEbzcmBi
Fans of the series are being kept in suspense about how O'Hanlon's character, DI Jack Mooney, will exit the show.
"It took less than 0.005 seconds to say yes to playing the new DI," said Royle Family star Little. "How could I not?
"Ardal has been wonderful in the last few series and to follow in his footsteps in a place as idyllic as Guadeloupe was a great honour and a dream come true."
Death in Paradise will be back on BBC One in January.