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Death in Paradise: Neville Parker’s exit ‘sealed’ as he deals with ‘personal problems’

Death in Paradise: Ralf Little on watching Christmas episode

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Death in Paradise season 11 returns next week with Ralf Little as Neville while Josephine Jobert is back on Saint Marie as DS Florence Cassell. With the Christmas special ending with Florence admitting she heard Neville ask her on a date, fans are keen to find out if they will get together. However, Neville may not be sticking around too much longer as actor Ralf has teased he will be dealing with “personal problems”.

Speaking about where Neville is when the series returns, Ralf explained: “Well, of course, as I’m sure everyone will remember, they saw him right on the verge of telling Florence how he feels.

“The start of this series picks up right off the back of that and deals with the aftermath of how that conversation goes.

“The first few episodes deal with what that aftermath looks like. 

“So, Neville’s personal journey is very much taken up with that.”

The actor continued: “And then as the series continues, it’s about him working out what his new life looks like. 

“There’s a lot of personal stuff for him to figure out in this series.

 “It’s always nice to have a character that’s not just doing their job but is also dealing with their personal life too – there’s lots to get to grips with!”

Could Neville’s personal problems get in the way of a potential romance with Florence and lead to him leaving the island?

It’s been almost three years since Neville arrived in Saint Marie and Ralf is proud of how his character has evolved.

He explained: “I was involved at the very start with who he was going to be and what he was going to be like. 

“For a character to work coming into a series, they have to arrive struggling with something.

“Neville’s thing when he arrived was dealing with the fact that he loved the idea of being on the island, but the island didn’t like him.

“He was in battle with it all the time.”

Ralf added: “If there was a beautiful palm tree that he thought was gorgeous, you could guarantee he’s allergic to the pollen, and the sand played havoc with his skin.

“Every time he tries something new, there’s probably something he has to deal with, whether it’s too much spice and having to get a cold compress or having to spend all night on the toilet!”

Elsewhere, Josephine has given her thoughts on whether Florence and Neville could get together.

She teased: “I know people are waiting for them to get together, which I understand.

“She really likes him, but I think it’s still a bit early for her to get into a new relationship and something serious.

“They look good together, the chemistry works well, and I wish they could get together. I think they could be happy, but life is life. It’s about timing.”

The first episode of the new series will air in early January, with the synopsis reading: “When a seemingly simple kidnapping ends in murder, Neville and the team must work out what went wrong and how someone ended up dead.”

Death in Paradise begins Friday, 7 January 2022, at 9PM on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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