Death in Paradise fans have received an early Christmas present - the news that a feature-length festive special starring an old favourite is coming to BBC One.

The special - the first Christmas show in the series' history and the first feature-length episode - will see the return of Danny John-Jules as Officer Dwayne Myers. Irish actor Stanley Townsend is also joining the tropical intrigue on the fictional island of Saint Marie.

The BBC says: "As Florence (Joséphine Jobert) leaves the island to spend Christmas with her family, the team welcome Dwayne (Danny John-Jules) with open arms to help solve a murder case. Dwayne comes to realise he's not only met Officer Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles) before, but he once arrested him! How will the team of old and new faces come together to unravel this murderous crime?

Danny John-Jules as Officer Dwayne Myers - "It's always a pleasure going back to the Caribbean"

"Meanwhile, after vexed fans were left hanging in suspense after the cliff-hanger ending of series ten earlier this year, will they finally discover whether Neville (Ralf Little) told Florence about his feelings for her? Viewers have watched Neville and Florence's relationship develop over the course of series ten and all will be revealed in the Christmas special with more surprises to come in series eleven."

"It's always a pleasure going back to the Caribbean," said John-Jules. "And after four years away, fitting back into the fold should be seamless, as I know all the new leading cast members already. I look forward to bringing Dwayne and this tenth-anniversary special script to life."

Executive Producer Tim Key added: "We've been talking about a Death in Paradise Christmas episode for years so we're beyond excited to be finally making one and to be working with Danny again. We can't think of a better place to spend Christmas than in Saint Marie - it's still part of our tenth anniversary year after all!"

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