Ardal O’Hanlon – fondly remembered as the dim-witted Dougal in Father Ted – will take the lead role in the seventh season of the BBC cop show Death In Paradise.

The Irish funnyman takes over from Kris Marshall, who has played DI Humphrey Goodman from season 3 to season 6. He in turn succeeded Ben Miller who headed the original cast.

Set on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie, Death In Paradise is a light-hearted cop show in which a fish-out-of-water British detective solves mysteries with the help of the laidback local police force.

O’Hanlon’s character of DI Jack Mooney is introduced in the sixth season of the series – currently screening in the UK – and will become the show’s latest expat lead detective in series 7, which will be broadcast next year.

“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 says. “I’ve already had a taste of filming in Guadeloupe and can’t wait to get back.”

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And here’s a remainder of O’Hanlon’s genius on the cult classic Father Ted.