Death In Paradise is launching a spin-off that will continue the story of Kris Marshall's dishevelled DI Humphrey Goodman following his departure from the Caribbean.

Marshall played the lead role in the long-running BBC detective drama for three seasons between 2014 and 2017 before being replaced by Ardal O’Hanlon.

Beyond Paradise will explore what happens to his character after his departure from sunny Saint Marie after falling in love with island tourist Martha Lloyd, played by Sally Bretton.

Sally Bretton in Death in Paradise

Now working in his fiancee’s home town in the UK countryside, Goodman will be distracted by the "surprisingly high crime rate" with a different case challenging him each week.

Filmed on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, Death In Paradise has won fans with its mix of escapism, compelling whodunnits and plot twists since debuting in 2011 and currently stars Ralph Little.

The spin-off is a co-commission between BBC One and BritBox International and will be produced by Red Planet Pictures, part of the Asacha Media Group.

Filming will start on location in the UK later this year and further details, including casting, will be announced in due course.

Ardal O'Hanlon replaced Kris Marshall in Death in Paradise

Marshall said: "I had the best time playing Humphrey out in Guadeloupe and whilst I was delighted that he got his happy ending with Martha, I always wanted to know what happened next.

"So it’s a joy to be putting his crumpled jacket back on and seeing how life has panned out for him back in the UK.

"Working with Sally is a dream, and I can’t wait to continue Humphrey and Martha’s story and solve a few seemingly impossible mysteries along the way."