Ralf Little makes ‘important’ tweaks to Death In Paradise series 10 script

Ralf Little mocks BBC over choice of Death in Paradise clip

Ralf Little, 40, joined Death In Paradise as quirky Detective Inspector Neville Parker in series nine and became a huge hit with fans, after taking over from Ardal O’Hanlon who played DI Jack Mooney. BBC viewers are used to detectives coming and going on the quaint yet devious island of Guadeloupe, but Ralf revealed he wanted to bring something more to his character than the typical “gruff” inspector vibe.

I added a few pleases and thank yous

Ralf Little

In a recent interview, the Bolton actor looked back on his debut as Parker mid-way through the last run of the BBC One show , and admitted in his first full series he wanted to dig a little deeper into his character.

“I wasn’t hired to break the mould,” he acknowledged.

But he knew what kind of person he wanted Parker to be.

And that’s one that respects his co-workers.

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“Some detectives are gruff and impatient,” he said.

“I really wanted Neville to be someone who respected his co-workers and sees them as valuable.”

For this reason, he revealed that he made some small changes to the script.

Ralf explained: “I added a few pleases and thank yous.

“It’s a small thing but it was important to me and a lot of that is written into the script now – ‘Could you do this..?’, ‘Would you mind..?’

“You can find your own peccadillos and nuances.”

When the wary detective first arrived on the breathtaking island, he admitted he was very lost in his ways but has overcome and adapted to his new environment like a champ.

“When he arrived he was clearly struggling, but he’s not so set in his ways that he can’t change,” Ralf told Radio Times.

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“He’s not hamstrung by his own limitations. He’s like, ‘I live here now, so it’s time I try to understand more of the culture and way of life here.’

“I was glad of that because it would be very easy for him to find everything that’s thrown at him terrible.”

He added: “He’s really interested in having new experiences and learning more – it’s just not that easy for him.”

With filming for the highly-anticipated 10th anniversary series all done and dusted, Ralf revealed the cast and crew had to work flat out to ensure filming wrapped on time, what with the on-going coronavirus pandemic continuing to make set life difficult.

Ralf’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]

With the additional safety measures including social distancing, face coverings and Covid-19 testing all present, he said it had been “very hard work”.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Ralf explained: “We only finished a couple of weeks ago, which seems insane now to say it because it seems like a lifetime ago.

“I left the island on December 20th, just in time for Christmas. It has been very hard work. Quite an achievement to have got it all done in time.”

Ralf’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

Death In Paradise airs on BBC One tonight at 9pm.

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