Former Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon stepped into Kris Marshall’s shoes as Death In Paradise’s new detective tonight, but fans of the series missed the old lead.
Last week, Kris bowed out of the BBC One crime series as his character Humphrey decided to stay in London, swapping roles with Ardal’s detective Jack Mooney.
But some of the audience struggled to embrace the cast change, complaining that the programme just wasn’t the same without Kris.
#deathinparadise is not the same without Humphrey!— Tom Mumford (@ThomasMumford) February 16, 2017
I don't how I feel about this new detective😕 #deathinparadise— nicola (@incognico_1) February 16, 2017
So missing Kris Marshall in #deathinparadise ! Not as good !!— Jane Mosley (@janie_mos1) February 16, 2017
#DeathinParadise ....already missing Humphrey 😢— Kathryn JT Britton 🏴 (@kathb24) February 16, 2017
Fans of Death In Paradise mostly agreed that they had preferred Kris’s Humphrey as island detective.
The new death in paradise inspector will never be as good as the old one— Emily Wells (@wellyboot_) February 16, 2017
Although some still wished that the original sleuth played by Ben Miller had not been killed off.
However, it wasn’t all bad news for Ardal as some viewers admitted to liking his character more than Kris’s.
Really enjoying Death in Paradise with Ardal O'Hanlon. His character really works well #deathinparadise— Vivienne Hall (@VeeeevH) February 16, 2017
#deathinparadise Jack Mooney seems to more realistic in the role than Humphrey.— Loafer1946 (@Loafer1946) February 16, 2017
It’s early days for the new detective – let’s see how he fares next week.