Death in Paradise (2011– )
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An uptight London cop is sent to a remote Caribbean island to solve the murder of a fellow British policeman, found dead in a sealed panic room. To solve the crime, he must contend with sun, sand, surf, and a mysterious woman on the scene.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Marlon Collins
Lily Thomson
DI Charlie Hulme
Karl Collins ...
Coralie Audret ...
Sarah Lavender
James Lavender
Laurence Joseph ...
Dominik Bernard ...
Bank Manager


English policeman Charlie Hulme is found murdered in the locked panic room of Lord and Lady Salcombe on the Caribbean island of Sainte-Marie. Fellow Brit,uptight inspector Richard Poole,is sent to investigate and is quickly exasperated by the leisurely pace of island life,particularly his native team's working methods. Initially neither of the Salcombes own to knowing Hulme until Sarah,Lady Salcombe,admits he was her lover and was investigating her husband,James, for people-smuggling. After James is also killed Poole tracks down the mystery woman seen at the house and cracks the case. However,with his luggage still in England and a good cup of tea nowhere to be found,he is desperate to return home to cold,rainy London. Written by don @ minifie-1

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25 October 2011 (UK)  »

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The title of this episode is sometimes given as "Death in Paradise". See more »


It's explained in the first episode that the island of Saint Marie is a former French overseas territory that was transferred to the British in the 1970s. This gives a basis for having a British Police officer working on the island. However, the police insignia still clearly show the French flag, the vehicles are all left-hand drive, and the car number plates all show the 'F' Euro symbol for France along with the département number for the French Overseas Department of Guadaloupe. If the island is now British, then it's highly unlikely it would still have French-registered cars. British overseas territories are not always treated as part of the UK, unlike French overseas départements, which are effectively just another part of France. In addition, the (nominally-British) police on Saint Marie sent evidence of the homicide to labs on Guadeloupe, which IS a French overseas territory; it's unlikely the British Police of Saint Marie would utilize resources of an extension of the French police. See more »


[Sgt. Lily Thomson arrives at Lord Salcombe's house, as an alarm is ringing. She is met by Lawrence, the majordomo, who proceeds to escort her to the house]
Lawrence: We were having a party, then from nowhere, the alarm started blaring. Someone is locked inside the panic room.
Sgt. Lily Thomson: Where is Lord and Lady Salcombe?
Lawrence: Well, no one has seen them since the alarm went off.
Lawrence: [as he and Lily approach the locked panic room] I think you should know, just before the alarm, there was a gunshot. Everybody heard it.
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3 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Actually the first DI in Death in Paradise was DI Charlie Hulme played by Hugo Speer - this would be a fantastic trivia question by the way. Anyway with the murder of Hulme, DI Richard Poole is introduced, and Ben Miller owns the character. He plays it along the lines of a fish out of water type character who has difficulty coping missing his life in London where he would rug up in front of a pub log fire.

Lily Thompson was one of the police team in this episode, and her true intent is revealed at the end. When she got arrested at the end for the murder of DI Hulme, she made a moving speech the local Police officers like Lily being passed over for promotion in favor of British white officers. Lily highlighted the colonial mentality, and it's similar to something I heard from a Papua New Guinean lawyer (PNG folks have dark skin just in case you haven't Googled it) who expressed discontent that white lawyers from Australia got better pay, perks, and privileges when implanted into Papua New Guinea law firms. Again a colonial mentality thing, as PNG was a colony of Australia until 1975, sort of around the same time that the fictional Saint Marie became an overseas dependent territory of the UK. Also a similar thing happens in Hong Kong where a colonial white mentality ran rampant at the expense of talented locals.

In this episode there was a hint of a possible romance between DI Poole and Lily Thompson, when they were walking and talking along the beach, with Lily sharing a few flirting smiles. A la Basic Instinct I would have liked to have seen them consummating their passion. I can imagine the scene the following morning where Poole and his two underlings Dwayne and Fidel meet up at Mama's bar...Poole: "I didn't use a condom", Dwayne and Fidel: "Chief!!!"

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