Death in Paradise’s Ardal O’Hanlon Says Writing a Novel “Saved My Life” | Television & Radio | Showbiz and television
Ardal O’Hanlon entertained Death In Paradise fans for several years as DI Jack Mooney. He quit the BBC show to pursue his passion and return to his stand-up comedy roots. He ended his stay at Sainte Marie in 2020 and his comedy revival was cut short when the pandemic hit the world just days after his last gig.
Death in Paradise Season 11 ended in early 2022 with Ralf Little as lead DI Neville Parker.
Ralf took over the reins of Ardal when his character decided to leave the show and return to the UK with his on-screen daughter.
Starting out as a comedian in Dublin, he performed on Live at the Apollo, appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? and made a name for himself as Father Ted on a show of the same name.
His departure from long-running BBC show Death in Paradise came at a difficult time, with lockdown restrictions putting an end to live events in the arts and culture sector.
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He said: “I was the luckiest comedian in the world – the last gig of my 18 month tour was on March 7, 2020 and then the world stopped.”
The star revealed that he uses his free time to use some of his other skills.
He continued: “So I got to work on my second novel, Brouhaha [to be published in May]and it saved my life during the lockdown.”
Although he took time off from live comedy to work on the TV show, he was looking forward to getting back on the road.
“However, it’s time to move on and explore other opportunities – preferably closer to the Arctic Circle.”
Season 11 of the show shocked fans as mid-season DS Florence Cassell (Joséphine Jobert) left the island to pursue her dream of becoming an undercover cop and end any potential romance with Neville Parker ( Ralph Little).
A second twist came at the end of the season when Commissioner Selwyn (Don Warrington) was confronted by someone from his past.
DI Neville Parker, DS Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson), and Commissioner Selwyn Patterson have arrived at the crime scene of the death of a former chess grandmaster.
The reporter covering the case was the commissioner’s former lover, Maggie Harper (Orla Brady).
Aidan’s book, Brouhaha, is described as follows: “A mystery, dark comedy, satire of the tangled politics of memory in Ireland, Brouhaha is set in a small town on the Irish border during the difficult transition to peace.
“And peace does not come easily to these areas.”
Death in Paradise is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.