Kris Marshall praises Ruth Madoc for Beyond Paradise role

Kris Marshall will be back in paradise credit:Bang Showbiz
Kris Marshall will be back in paradise credit:Bang Showbiz

Kris Marshall says Ruth Madoc is "wonderful" in 'Beyond Paradise'.

The 49-year-old actor - who is reprising his role as DI Humphrey Goodman in the BBC's upcoming 'Death In Paradise' spin-off - has praised the late 'Hi-de-Hi' actress after she died aged 79 following surgery for a fall in December, and the show will mark her final TV appearance.

He told the Metro newspaper: "I grew up watching 'Hi-de-Hi' with my family when I was young. We used to light a fire and toast crumpets watching it, which does sound a bit twee but it's true.

"Ruth's relationship with the actor Simon Cadell was so integral to that show. It's a tragedy what happened but she is wonderful in this."

Kris is excited to return as Humphrey for the BBC One show alongside Sally Bretton as Martha Lloyd, swapping the Caribbean for the fictional town of Shipton Abbott in Devon.

Reflecting on the change of scenery, the actor teased: "The puzzles are very 'south-westerly.' The crimes are uniquely of that area. The first episode has this haunted puzzle.

"We've got a family that just disappears off the face of the earth, an art theft which is like a caper, a man who is seemingly abducted by aliens found dead in the middle of a crop circle and an arsonist who is obsessed with the story of the Three Little Pigs."

Meanwhile, the on screen couple find themselves in an "interesting dynamic" as adjust to life in a the spare room of Martha's mum Anne's small cottage.

She added: "It's an interesting dynamic. It's small and you're back home in the back bedroom.

"There is that feeling of your grown-up self and your child self all in the same place at the same time. That's difficult to navigate."

'Beyond Paradise' stars on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Friday (24.02.23).