Production Begins on Return to Paradise


Filming has begun on ABC Australia and BBC’s Return to Paradise, an Australian spin-off of Death in Paradise from BBC Studios Productions Australia and Red Planet Pictures.

The six-part series stars Anna Samson (Dead Lucky, Wake in Fright, Home and Away) as DI Mackenzie Clarke, an Australian expat who is forced to return home to the town of Dolphin Cove from London’s Metropolitan Police after being accused of tampering with evidence. She reluctantly joins the team at the Dolphin Cove Police Station and does her best to win over her new colleagues and the people she left behind six years prior.

Other cast members include Lloyd Griffith (Ted Lasso, Nolly), Tai Hara (Home and Away, Colin from Accounts, Austin), Catherine McClements (Total Control, Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries), Celia Ireland (Wentworth, Total Control), Andrea Demetriades (Mother and Son, The Artful Dodger) and Aaron McGrath (Gold Diggers, Preppers).

Return to Paradise will air on BBC One and iPlayer in the U.K. and ABC and ABC iview later this year in Australia. It will be distributed globally by BBC Studios.

“I’m beyond excited to welcome producer Di Haddon and our two fabulous directors Mat King and Tenika Smith, who are coming together with our amazing cast to bring the world of Return to Paradise to life,” said co-creator and executive producer Peter Mattessi. “We are having so much fun creating this brand-new mystery series that brings an Australian twist to one of the globe’s most successful television franchises. We think audiences in Australia, the U.K. and around the world are going to fall in love with our wonderful characters, our delicious whodunits and our gorgeous coastal Australian locations.”