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Popular BBC drama forced to stop filming due to Hurricane Irma

They've since resumed their schedule

Death In Paradise, the Caribbean-set detective drama, was forced to stop filming due to severe weather.

Thanks to Hurricane Irma, which is sweeping the Caribbean and headed to Florida, the drama starring Ardal O’Hanlon was forced to cancel shooting scenes until the danger had passed.

Thankfully, all cast and crew are fine and filming has now been resumed.

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Death In Paradise was affected by Hurricane Irma (Credit: BBC)

Filming takes place on Guadeloupe and although it wasn’t directly hit by Irma, which is the most powerful hurricane to hit the Atlantic ever, safety concerns were paramount.

Digital Spy reports that a spokesperson for Red Planet Pictures, who produce the show, said: “The production team are in constant contact with the authorities in Guadeloupe and as soon as the red signal was alerted, filming was suspended immediately.

“The safety of the cast and crew remains paramount and when we are given the all-clear, filming will recommence.”

The go ahead has now been given and the team are back working hard.

Ardal O’Hanlon took over from previous lead Kris Marshall at the end of the sixth series.

Kris quit the sun-soaked BBC drama after four years.

His alter ego, Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman, arrived on the show to replace Ben Miller’s character, Detective Inspector Richard Poole, at the beginning of the third series.

Kris Marshall left last year (Credit: BBC)

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The crime drama, set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie, takes six months to film each year on the island of Guadeloupe, and it’s reported being away from home became too much for Kris.

Speaking to Susanna Reid and Ben Shepherd on Good Morning Britain, Kris, who has two young children, Tom and Elsie, with his wife Hannah, revealed his family was the reason for his departure:

“This last series I did on my own, which was quite tough,” he explained.

Kris explained his reasons for leaving on GMB (Credit: ITV)

“Skyping just leaves me bereft and then I have to go and drown my sorrows in the bar.

“In previous years I’ve been able to take my family with me but we had a daughter this time last year and so bringing her and my son, he’s about to start school, and it all became a bit of a juggling mission.

“So that was really the reason behind it.”

Kris left last series (Credit: ITV)

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He did admit to the hosts he was already having second thoughts about his decision to leave, though:

“I’ve been filming in London since and there is a moment when you stand in the freezing cold in a large puffa jacket and go: ‘Why am I not in flip flops? Why am I still not in the Caribbean? What have I done?!”

The team before Kris left (Credit: BBC)

Kris has been a popular addition to the show, and his arrival saw it regularly bringing in eight million viewers a week.

Father Ted star Ardal appeared in a couple of episodes last series and will lead the cast full-time from series seven.