THE success of Death In Paradise’s first spin-off could spark further off-shoots, its boss says.
Beyond Paradise, featuring Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman and Sally Bretton as love interest Martha, had a great start with 7.5million viewers.
Executive producer Tim Key reckons other characters could easily take centre stage in sister shows.
He told me: “Humphrey seemed like the obvious place to start but I really hope we can do something with Ardal O’Hanlon, who played DI Jack Mooney.
“Ardal is the most talented, wonderful human being I’ve ever worked with. We’d work with him again in a heartbeat.”
Mooney quit the tropical island of St Marie to return to London, after three series of Caribbean crime busting.
The BBC could have another hit on their hands . . .
Jordan’s starry slip-up
JORDAN North was left cringing after “fan-girling” his Saturday Night Takeaway co-stars during a swanky dinner with the team.
The Radio 1 host, who has a weekly slot on the show, said: “I was really nervous as Ant and Dec were there and Stephen Mulhern.
“I was telling Stephen how I used to have his magic sets. I was being such a fangirl.”
He added on his hit podcast Help I Sexted My Boss that he then began talking about SM:TV Live, the ITV kids’ show hosted by Ant and Dec in the Nineties.
“I told them my favourite sketch was Emimemmem. I hugged them for a bit too long and I told them it had made my life.”
John and Lisa’s triumph
JOHN Torode and Lisa Faulkner have been handed an EIGHTH season of their cooking show.
A new 10-episode series of John & Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen will air this spring on ITV1 and ITVX.
Lisa said: “There will be a lot more fresh and lighter options that are also very cost effective.”
Ruthie’s new girl in street
AWARD-winning West End actress Ruthie Henshall will make her Coronation Street debut next month as Estelle, an old pal of Glenda Shuttleworth, played by fellow theatre star Jodie Prenger.
Ruthie, who has appeared in Cats, Chicago and Billy Elliot, said after starting work on the soap: “Everyone is so welcoming and I can’t believe after years of the Street being in my life that I finally get to tread the cobbles.
“Getting to act with Jodie was a joy and every member of the cast was welcoming and kind.”
Viewers will see Estelle clash with George before rekindling her friendship with his sister Glenda and propositioning her with an idea for a business venture.