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Ralf Little leaves 'Death in Paradise' after four years

Ralf Little has left "Death in Paradise" after four years. Photo courtesy of BBC
Ralf Little has left "Death in Paradise" after four years. Photo courtesy of BBC

March 25 (UPI) -- Ralf Little, who played the longest serving detective inspector on Death in Paradise has left the British show after four years, 36 episodes and three feature-length specials.

Little played DI Neville Parker on the BBC's beloved island police drama.

His final episode saw Parker end up leaving the island with Detective Sergeant Florence Cassell, his love interest, played by Josephine Jobert.

Parker took over the Saint Marie police team in 2020 from DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O'Hanlon).

Casting for the next Death in Paradise lead has not been announced yet.

Josephine Jobert wears a creation made with chocolate during a fashion show at the inauguration of the 19th annual Salon du Chocolat in Paris in 2013. File Photo by David Silpa/UPI
Josephine Jobert wears a creation made with chocolate during a fashion show at the inauguration of the 19th annual Salon du Chocolat in Paris in 2013. File Photo by David Silpa/UPI

The show will return with a Christmas special later this year, followed by a new season in 2025.

"Joining a successful show like Death in Paradise as the lead is a daunting and risky prospect, but Ralf's confidence and talent shone through from day one and the audience response to Neville and his journey has been amazing," producer Tim Key said in a statement Monday.

Kris Marshall arrives on the red carpet before a screening of the film "A Few Best Men" during the 6th Rome International Film Festival in 2011. File Photo by David Silpa/UPI
Kris Marshall arrives on the red carpet before a screening of the film "A Few Best Men" during the 6th Rome International Film Festival in 2011. File Photo by David Silpa/UPI

"I can't thank Ralf enough for everything he has brought to the show, on and off screen, and wish him all the very best for the future."

The show premiered in 2011. It starred Ben Miller for its first three seasons before Kris Marshall took over for the next three and O'Hanlon for three more.

Little started on the show in 2020.