Death in Paradise (2011– )
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Each episode involves each murder beginning with the very first. They island's small police detachment is led by a U.K. DI or detective inspector. Thus it begins. The murder of the original DI is the first to undergo investigation. A new U.K. inspector us brought in from the London MET. A quirky, stodgy, characterized version of a man. Suit and tie every episode which involves the poor man in suffering the Caribbean heat. He solves the murder which sets the format for the series. A murder, the investigation, the in the 'm sat 10-15 minutes a gathering of all the suspects in one location for the reveal of the murderer. Did I mention the lead DI is also brilliant?
What follows over the course of the series is a very intelligently written murder investigation with the very talented actors playing the police team. Interject some more talented actors as guests and you find an entertaining and addictive series.
OK reveal. After two seasons our intrepid DI is himself murdered. I admit at first I was disappointed but, big but, his replacement from the U.K. is just a quirky and brilliant but much more outgoing and endearingly clumsy. It works. Really well.
With the lack of very little original or intelligent offerings here in the U.S. the Brits step up. I am almost embarrassed by the quality or lack there of of our network shows here. It seems as our Hollywood elites enjoy success financially they are more interested in telling us mere mortals how to think and live because it us common knowledge American actors and entertainment industry personnel are the smartest people on the planet. Not!! Sorry but I am so sick of American actors moralizing to the rest of us. Thank you U.K. and BBC for continuing to offer quality entertainment.
What doesn't work is the plotting. All these great elements, and no one can think of a good plot? Every case is about the same: a murder happens and the detectives get to work on no more than four suspects, because apparently every murder case has four suspects. They then do some background work and discover the clue that matters in the past history of one of the suspects. Then they gather in the last ten minutes and the suspect that you're not supposed to suspect is always guilty -- which means, basically, that you know who the murderer is halfway through the program.
Such a shame because with such a great cast and cinematography and fun, this should be a great show. Pleading with the writers: Please, please, come up with a good plot. Just once. S'il vous plait?
A nice show created by Robert Thogorood , a series takes five months to shoot , and formed by six seasons ; being filled with twisted cases , suspense , thrills , entertainment and comedy . Starred by two detectives who prove to be a brilliant Inspectors , solving several complex murders and they usually not carry and nor use a firearm . Although the series is set on the fictional island of Saint-Marie, it is in fact shot in the French owned islands of Guadeloupe , they are a group of Caribbean islands located in the Leeward Islands, in the Lesser Antilles . Besides , the hotel Langley Fort Royal and the police station is placed in the town of Honoré , which is actually on the island of Basse-Terre, in the town of Deshaies and the technician team built the rooftop bar that is located on the beach . Sympathetic acting by Ben Miller who starred 17 episodes as the Scotland Yard DI Richard Poole who is sent to the Caribbean island to solve a murder and subsequently to stay on the hot island . He is a British gentleman , a stiff-upper-lips who doesn't like neither seafood , beaches , sea , nor sun . He is hyper-observant , giving surprising observations , executing ploys and finally resolving the twisted cases in an Agatha Christie finale style . When Richard Poole/Ben Miller is killed , he is replaced by Kris Marshal who has to discover the true murderer in a complex intrigue . Kris plays DI Humphrey Goodman , a botcher and recently separated detective , he is a very intelligent and witty inspector ; Kris starred 30 episodes , though in 2017 , it was announced Kris Marshall was leaving the series and Ardal O'Hanlon would take over . Other support actors playing enjoyable roles are the followings : Sara Martins as the beautiful DS Camille Bordey , she starred 28 episodes and finished when she promoted at a Paris precinct , the young and gorgeous Joséphine Jobert as DS Florence Cassell a sub-inspector who helps really to Humphrey , performing 28 episodes , the sympathetic veteran Danny John-Jules as Officer Dwayne Myers who performed all 48 episodes and Don Warrington as chief Commissioner Selwyn Patterson who acted in 29 episodes .
Then the writers, at the start of season three.... I swear to God you won't believe anyone could be so willfully stupid.
It is because seasons one and two were so fantastic that I am screaming to everyone Not.To.Watch.Because.Your.Heart.Will.Be.Crushed.For.No.Good.Reason.
That's the good news. But the bad news is that here in the U.S., where "Death in Paradise" is broadcast by PBS, we have NOT seen a NEW episode all year. We are getting nothing but re-runs. It has, TRULY, been a full year since we've seen a new episode.
Last night, the wife and I hunkered down in our couch, hoping to watch what we thought would be a new episode starring Ardal O'Hanlon as the transplanted Irish detective Jack Mooney and his new Caribbean friends. But no! Instead of a new show, PBS served up the old pilot episode, from 2011... a show we had already watched, FOUR TIMES! Yes, it was a good, insightful story. But we have already seen it numerous times.
As sometime contributors to PBS, we thought we would get to see -- finally! -- some new programs starring Detective Mooney and his adorable daughter Siobhan (Grace Stone). In his few, limited appearances, Mooney has been impressive as the new transplant from London. But WHEN will PBS deign to broadcast another new episode?
Impatiently, Dan Navarro, U.S.A.
When Kris Marshall arrived, as Humphrey, it has to be noted that the popularity and ratings of the show improved. Many people who have watched it may not have even known about Ben Miller - it was very much a minority programme. It might be interesting to point out that he did more than twice as many episodes too, whilst the popularity has shot through the roof and is now prime-time TV. So we were somewhat disappointed to find out that Kris had decided to move on, particularly as neither of us are fans of Father Ted (for which Ardal O'Hanlon made his name).
Ardal has fitted in splendidly - he is as quirky as the previous two and being Irish, has brought something different to the game. Despite only being in 4 episodes so far, we are now eagerly anticipating the next series.
A note on the supporting cast. Sarah Martins was indeed excellent, although it did feel like her part had gotten as far as it could - not only was she an outstanding officer, she really needed to move on to move up, but the other thing that stood out was that she couldn't really carry on with the "will they, won't they" scenario forever. Fidel was also an excellent character and clearly, there must have been some reasoning behind him leaving.
This TV series is in danger of typecasting people I guess, so I can understand people not wanting to do it forever.
Florence can't even speak normal English, I really think she learns her lines phonetically. And J.P. is so stupid, no-one could ever believe he could be working for the police.
Such a shame...
But when the two original leads suddenly left, the show lost something special. I still don't know why they sacked Martins, though the fact that they replaced her with a lighter skinned female lead isn't likely a coincidence. I liked that they had a dark skinned female lead.
The new male lead is funny, but he has no sense of irony or subtlety. He's more slapstick-type, falling over humor, which gets old.
The stories seem to be getting ever more far fetched too.
It's still fun, but not nearly as good as it was.
It's gone through some changes, notably losing both of it's original leads and some of the supporting cast too, but the basic premise remains the same - a bumbling inspector solving crimes on a tropical island.
It walks a nice line between being comic and dramatic and has been taken to new levels of popularity since Kris Marshall took over from Ben Miller.
Yes, I think the plots are becoming a bit more off the wall now, and every possible angle of relationship between the inspector and his glamorous female assistant has been used, but for the time being this show is at the top of its game.
I am now in love with the characters, the absolutely beautiful location and the writing of this show.
Ben Miller had me in his pocket every episode and was so believable that I wanted to help him.
Kris Marshall has me laughing out loud and so beautifully portrays the brilliant klutz that I am always sorry when the episode ends.
The remainder of the cast are just as wonderful. Sara Martins and Josephine Jobert , Elizabetrh Bourgine and the wickedly funny Danny John Jules.
I have watched every season available to me here in the US and can't wait for more. I am happily and impatiently hooked.
Looking forward to next season!! Thanks.
This is yet another of those light hearted (if that's the right word) murder mysteries the UK excels at. Its got a good cast too, including a very British, Columbo style, head detective, whose goofily affable, disorganized presence, hides a sharp crime solving mind.
This is a very watchable series that does present some rather challenging, often complex mysteries, reminiscent of Jonathan Creek. The kind of murder puzzles that will have you guessing what happened, right up till the end.
Simply out, there's a lot to like here. A good premise, a cast with great chemistry and intriguing murder mystery stories every episode. Nine out of ten from me.
When Ben Miller left, the program became a bit rubbish at first, but then, I guess, I got used to it and continued to watch. Then Sara Martins and Gary Carr left and it went downhill from there. The writing became sloppy, the acting became poor and it was just awful! Josephine Jobert and Tobi Bakare's characters are completely useless, Kris Marshall's acting is cringe-worthy and Danny John-Jules is about as funny as a chicken crossing the road.
Take my word for it, this program is NOT worth watching anymore and should have ended when Camille left.
Ben Miller was excellent as DI Poole and his death was quite a shock at the end of series 2, however Kris Marshall has proved to be a capable replacement and did not fall into the trap of being a copy of Ben's character.
I also loved Sara Martins character Camlle Bordey and it was a shame she also left,although the way she did leaves it open for her to return. Élizabeth Bourgine as Camille's mother is also a great character and I am pleased she remains. Joséphine Jobert as DS Florence Cassell is a good enough replacement for Camille.
Then there is the marvellous Danny John-Jules who adds some humour to the show. He was also brilliant in Red Dwarf. Gary Carr as Fidel was brilliant and the two were a great double act, Tobi Bakare as JP doesn't quite fill that space.
I thought it was a shame that Lenora Crichlow played a villain in the very first episode because she had great chemistry with Ben Miller.
Of course the fantastic Mr Don Warrington plays his part as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson perfectly.
There is so much to love about the show, not just the excellent cast just mentioned. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful and it is good to have a TV show playing some good Reggae music.
The Murder plots are good and some easier to solve than others and a few repeated in slightly different ways but I have no complaints and this show gets 10 out of 10 in every department.
Long may it continue.
And this sets the stage. DI Poole is the quintessential starchy Brit abroad, an Englishman wearing formal suits in tropical heat and desperately in search of a simple cup of tea. He doesn't like sun, sand, or salt water. Or the French, or island food, or island time, or most of what nearly everyone else would consider paradise. Which is a problem, if you're trapped on a Caribbean island by scheming superior officers back in good old London.
DI Poole is awkward. Infuriating, even. He's breathtakingly rude - without meaning to be, or even aware of it - but still. He doesn't understand people, and people don't understand him. But he does understand murder. When it comes to solving an impossible murder, nobody does it better.
It's not really about the denouement, though. Yes, there's a rather traditional gathering of suspects in a room and explaining who, how and why, but the clever murders and equally clever detective work aren't the show's greatest strength. Where the show excels is in the interplay between the characters and their clearly drawn and very different personalities. Most of the fun is seeing how people play off each other along the way.
Ben Miller's turn as DI Poole anchors the show. He's every bit the social outcast, but there's steel under the gaffes. It makes him a man to be reckoned with, and therein lies his charisma. It's not an easy role for an actor to do. Poole could very easily have been an unsympathetic character, but Miller manages to humanise him.
It'd be easy, and a mistake, to overlook Sara Martins' turn as Camille Bowden, Poole's second in command and crime-scene partner. Everything that Poole isn't, Bowden is. It's a difficult balancing act, frequently quite bluntly done, but the show simply wouldn't work without it.
They're supported by Danny John-Jules and Gary Carr, as the seasoned but carefree Constable Dwayne, and the young and idealistic Constable Fidel. The screenwriters allow quite a bit of time for these two characters to stand up in their own ways, further rounding out the team. There's a delightfully sly Police Commissioner popping in from time to time as well.
There aren't car chases, shootouts, or sex scenes. It's not that kind of show. Instead, people have parents or babies – or, in Dwayne's case, ex-girfriends – and forget about the very expensive, very detailed sets typical of high-budget American shows. The series works with what it can get, and is all the stronger for it.
Wit, charm, and good clean fun - an absolute delight.