Ardal 'delighted' to land BBC drama role
Father Ted star and comedian Ardal O'Hanlon has landed a major role in BBC drama Death In Paradise.
He has been drafted in to replace Kris Marshall, who has quit the Caribbean-based detective show, saying he missed his family.
The show is filmed on the island of Guadeloupe and O'Hanlon (51) was delighted to bag the role.
He will replace Marshall's character, DI Humphrey Goodman, when the series - which has attracted more than nine-million viewers - returns to the Caribbean.
"I am delighted to be joining Death In Paradise and exploring what's made Mooney up and leave London for a life in the Caribbean," O'Hanlon said.
"I've already had a taste of filming in Guadeloupe and can't wait to get back."
Executive producer Tim Key said O'Hanlon was "comedy royalty" and that he would bring "a brand-new dimension to the show when he arrives on the island".
Marshall has been tipped to take on the role of Doctor Who, after Scottish actor Peter Capaldi quit the show.
He insisted however that his reasons for leaving the show were personal.
"We had a daughter this time last year and so bringing her and my son - he's about to start school - it all became a bit of a juggling mission," he said.