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35 out of 36 people found the following review useful:
Brilliant!, 16 November 2011
Author: Emily Shirley (emily-583) from Hamburg, Germany
British TV viewers have been spoiled with great detective shows over
the past decades. Bergerac, Inspector Morse and Frost have trained us
to expect quirky, interesting shows with characters who become part of
British culture. It's early days yet, but I think that 'Death in
Paradise' has the chance to join them.
Backed by Danny John-Jules, Sara Martins and Gary Carr, Ben Miller brings the quintessentially quirky detective to life in this brilliant show. A fish out of water, DI Richard Poole must handle the transition from safe, temperate London to the bright colours of a small French Caribbean island, St. Marie, and bring the essence of British policing to its very un-British environment.
The show's funny, interesting and very addictive. The writing is great and the acting just perfect. Carr and John-Jules bring the underdog policeman to life in the time-honoured way (complaining whilst showing just how much more they know than their boss believes) and Miller plays the lost Brit abroad perfectly whilst adding that touch of off the wall brilliance that a British detective is meant to bring to a show. Martins adds a sparkling performance as his sidekick with a wonderfully wry view of the British policeman's inability to adapt to the island's lovely lifestyle.
This show's one to watch and one I hope will carry on in this vein. If it does, we'll see it treated with the same respect as the big names in British detective shows.
Easily 8/10 stars.
31 out of 32 people found the following review useful:
An exceptional programme, Needs a second series!!!!, 27 December 2011
Author: Richard Alan Clarke from Warrington, England
Death in Paradise is very easy to watch, even if you despise the old
fashioned workings of the likes of Miss Marple and Poiroit you can grow
to love this murder mystery.
Set in more sunnier climbs than your usual crime drama, the quirky Caribbean police force combined with some brilliant acting from Ben Miller (The hapless, yet genius detective)this has all the recipe for a fun loving watch that isn't as dark and dreary as other such shows allowing for the thrill of the chase as the team track down the evidence in their ramshackle police hut and jungle 4x4 (not as classy as your usual detective company car)
All in all a brilliant series that is brimming with rich and colourful characters and story lines that captivate the imagination as this somewhat old genre is taken to new territory. Whether you watch one episode in a bit of spare time or you decide to emerse yourself with all 8 episodes, Death in Paradise does not disappoint and hopefully will return for a second series with even more Carribbean Crime!
30 out of 33 people found the following review useful:
Great Characters, 23 December 2011
Author: renegadewriter008 from Canada
The brits never seem to get tired of their sherlock holmes stories but I guess we Americans like our Inspectors with lots of Gadgets...Anyways, I only watched this show because one of the reviewers on here said that the lead character was a classic in the making. I have to agree with that. What makes this show interesting is the characters. With a title like "Death In Paradise" it sounds like a dark drama but it's really quite light and very enjoyable watching the typical stiff arrogant brit making his way a round a crime scene in Saint Marie island while also looking for afternoon tea and biscuits in the noon hour. This show has huge potential. I like it a lot
24 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
Simple Murder Mystery Pleasure, 1 December 2011
Author: Charlie Moss from South Africa
So many TV shows try to make "guessing" the murderer nearly impossible. They add irrelevant sub-plots, secrets that are only revealed at the end and over complicated characters that cause confusion. I've just watched episode 6 and I guessed the murderer straight away. But do you think this took away any of the enjoyment of this excellent murder mystery? not in the slightest. The characters are witty & charming and every episode draws one closer to each off the personalities. I eagerly await every new episode. I'm a Brit living in Cape Town, which I consider to be paradise, but one can't help but fall in love with this quirky little Caribbean island.
14 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Perfect, 22 January 2012
Author: pensman from United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
DI Richard Poole, Ben Miller, finds himself unwilling transferred to an island in the Caribbean that has a very French flare. Initially he is sent to investigate the murder of a colleague but his success brings him complications: what was to be a one off becomes a permanent mission. The lush surroundings and assistance by Camile Borday, Sara Martins, an undercover officer who now finds herself playing Watson to Pool's Holmes add to the fun. The writing is sharp and the supporting characters are excellent. But will DI Poole who retains his London suits and longs for a decent cuppa ever find contentment on what for anyone else would be the assignment of a lifetime. Don't bet on it.
8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Bloody excellent, 14 February 2013
Author: sentosasam from Australia
As an Aussie I obviously lean towards British titles when it comes to
favoritism. Death in Paradise is no exception. I love it. The
characters are great (particularly DI Richard Poole, played by Ben
Miller), he is exemplary.
But what really sets the show apart is its mood and setting. It seems to maintain all the murder and intrigue without going down a dark path. Which, come to think of it, would undoubtedly be difficult considering its set on an island in the Caribbean. The location gives the genre a whole new spin and ultimately a unique direction.
Check it out.
4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Great series!, 3 May 2013
Author: hmflashgordon from Canada
This series is an absolute winner. It was created with flair, humour and suspense. The actors were well chosen and truly work well together. I just love watching each episode and with my PVR able to watch them over and over again. This is one series that must be and should be continued. Each show is well photographed, acted and well written. This is truly a top rated show and I really hope it will continue. It is such a relief to be able to watch a series that is both entertaining and interesting. The tropical setting adds a totally different aspect and is well integrated. Very well done. Whoever thought this one up should be proud of their effort. Let's keep this one going. As usual another British show is first class and puts the USA and Canadian programmes out in the cold. Keep up the good work folks!
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Humorous and different kind of detective series, 14 May 2013
Author: ctyankee1 from United States
It is on in 2013. It has no episode titles.
Ben Miller/DI Richard Poole is very funny. He looks serious, does his job, is transferred out of London and sent to this island to become a supervisor over other police.
He solves the crimes in distinct funny way. At the end of the program he has all the people like Poirot gather together in one place. All the people that had a reason to commit the crime. He puts on a one man show and puts the pieces together of the crime and solves it.
The good features about this series, there is no sex, no swearing, good music and nice clean cut characters. Sarah Martin/Camille has a crush on DI Poole. The show has light hearted fun and a lizard that lives in Poole's cottage. It started that he cannot stand the lizard but now he considers the lizard his friend and named him Harry.
DI Poole is kind of stand-offish. He does not show much emotion but he works well with his police crew and respects them all. CPTV is running the series.
2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Old school, with a twist!, 10 April 2013
Author: diverdiva from Australia
I agree with the other reviewers of this show, that it is witty, charming and strangely addictive. I think the reason it works so well is not the murder mysteries themselves, but the interplay of the characters and the quirkiness of DI Poole (a great role for Ben Miller). All the actors involved seem to be having a good time and there is great chemistry between them. The list of guest 'suspects' is also impressive. The beautiful setting doesn't hurt either! It is an old school, comfy, Brit detective show - but with a unique style - and I hope it runs for as long as "Midsomer" did. I'm finding I need my weekly fix of Ste. Honore!
2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
It's light hearted and laid back, 3 April 2013
Author: jonnithomas from London
well the stereotypes are pleasant and the program is very easy to
it's set in a lovely part of the world and the characters are well played.
there's nothing taxing about this program but it's a very pleasant hour with your feet up watching TV.
the Englishman abroad that hates the sun and misses the rain is such a stuffed shirt role and it should be irritating as it is such an unrealistic stereotype but somehow all the characters work well together and it just works.
it's like your comfortable slippers and the cardigan with a hole in it that you just can't throw away.
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