Beyond Paradise will return to our screens for a third series as well as a Christmas special, the BBC has announced.

The news comes after the second series’ finale on BBC One on Friday night (April 26) which saw DI Humphrey Goodman and Martha Lloyd very nearly tie the knot.

The Death In Paradise spin-off show hit screens last year and saw Kris Marshall reprise his role as the detective inspector as he attempted to adjust to life with his fiancee, played by Not Going Out’s Sally Bretton, on the Devonshire coast.

In the BBC series’ last episode, the couple’s fostering journey ended as they welcomed Ryan into their home.

Elsewhere, PC Kelby Hartford (Dylan Llewellyn) and CS Charlie Woods’ (Jade Harrison) professional relationship took an unexpected turn while DS Esther Williams (Zara Ahmadi) took on a case that saw the Shipton Abbott Museum robbed of a prized possession.

During the series, the Shipton Abbott police team have dealt with a death during a murder-mystery play, a local fishing legend going missing at sea and a medium predicting an arson attack.

Series 2 of Beyond Paradise received "fantastic" response

Tim Key, executive producer for Red Planet Pictures, said: “The response to series two has been fantastic.

“So much love goes into the making of the show and we’re delighted that the audience have enjoyed it so much.

“We can’t wait to get back to Shipton Abbott for another Christmas special and series to continue the story and learn more about our characters and the town they live in – I can promise that we’ll be making the viewers laugh, cry, laugh a bit more and then baffling them with a series of ingenious puzzles.

“There will also be a duck.”

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Lindsay Salt, director of BBC Drama, said: “Beyond Paradise has become such a huge hit with millions of viewers across the UK.

“It’s a show that is absolutely on a roll, and we’re beyond pleased to bring more fiendishly clever mysteries from the Shipton Abbott team to the BBC.”

When will Beyond Paradise return?

While it hasn’t been confirmed when the third series will be available to watch, it will return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer.