Death in Paradise: Newcomer Naomi Thomas to be led astray by Marlon Pryce?
Death In Paradise: Ralf Little shares sneak peek of filming
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Death in Paradise series 10 concluded on an emotional note with Sergeant JP Hooper (played by Tobi Bakare) leaving Saint Marie to start a new life with his wife and children. However, it didn’t take BBC bosses long to reveal JP’s replacement, Sergeant Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson), who will join the team at Honoré Police Station. However, ahead of season 11 which is thought to return early next year, fans have been coming up with theories about how the newcomer will make her mark. Some seem to think Naomi will be led astray by trainee police officer, Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles) who had a brush with the law before joining the police.
One fan took to Reddit to share their theory about Naomi and how she will work alongside Marlon.
One penned: “Looking forward to her entry! Interested to see what kind of character she is and what her partnership with Marlon is like.”
Another fan seemed to think the newcomer will play “by the book” but could be swayed by Marlon.
“She’s a new Sergeant so I guess she’ll be by the book,” the fan replied. “But Marlon will show her another way. Kinda like Fidel (Gary Carr) and Dwayne (Danny John-Jules).” (sic)
Fans will have to wait and see whether the sergeant is influenced by the ‘bad cop’ in the new season, or whether she is able to stand her ground.
In season 10 of Death in Paradise, JP accepted a job offer from Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington) to train up young officers on a neighbouring island.
JP agreed and so he, his wife Rosey Hooper (Fola Evans-Akingbola) and their newborn twins left their old life on Saint Marie behind.
Actress Shantol is a relative newcomer to the acting world with just a handful of roles under her belt so far. She was in the 2018 film Sprinter which also featured legendary runner Usain Bolt.
She has also been in Idris Elba’s crime film Yardie and was in the short movie Sugar in 2016.
Speaking of her excitement about joining the cast, Shantol said: “I’m so grateful for this amazing opportunity to join the cast of this fun-filled, entertaining series.”
She continued: “I used to watch Death in Paradise with my dad in Jamaica years ago when it just started and to now be in the show, knowing that he’ll be watching me, it’s truly a surreal moment.
“Looking forward to adding to the magic.”
Executive producer Tim Keys added: “She’s an amazing addition to the team and we can’t wait for the audience to meet Naomi.”
Earlier this month, the BBC announced Dwayne Myers would be making a return to Saint Marie for a Christmas special.
During the one-off episode, Florence Cassel (Joséphine Jobert) will be making a temporary exit to go and visit her family for Christmas.
Danny, who left Death in Paradise after season seven said he can’t wait to make a return as Dwayne.
The former Strictly Come Dancing star said: “It’s always a pleasure going back to the Caribbean. And after four years away, fitting back into the fold should be seamless as I know all the new leading cast members already.”
The ending of season 10 ended on a cliffhanger with fans wanting to know whether a romance blossomed between DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) and Florence.
Catherine Bordey (Élizabeth Bourgine) urged Neville to finally admit his feelings for Florence and he finally plucked up the courage to go to her house.
However, Florence was getting ready for a date with an old school friend when Neville knocked on the door.
The final scene teased he was finally about to tell her his feelings as he said: “What I wanted to say was…”
Death in Paradise is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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