However, DI Jack Mooney eventually decided against travelling the world with his on-screen partner and instead, returned home to London.
Following Ardal’s departure from the show, The Royle Family star Ralf Little, took on the role of Detective Inspector Neville Parker.
The character was initially sent to the island of Saint Marie to investigate the mysterious death of a woman from his hometown of Manchester.
Tommy Bulfin, commissioning editor, BBC Drama, said in an announcement at the time: “I am so pleased to welcome Ralf Little to the island, who we know will be brilliant in the role of D.I. Parker.
“Death in Paradise brings escapism and joy to BBC One and I can’t wait for viewers to see what’s in store in the new year.”