Death in Paradise (2011– )
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A prisoner escort aboard a ferry goes horribly wrong when the man is stabbed to death while handcuffed to Poole, leaving the detective humiliated and determined to find the killer.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Ben Miller ... DI Richard Poole
Colin Salmon ... Vincent Carter
Jeff Alexander Jeff Alexander ... Leon Hamilton
Sarah Smart ... Suzie Park
Lee Boardman ... Samuel King
Sara Martins ... DS Camille Bordey
Gary Carr ... Officer Fidel Best
Danny John-Jules ... Officer Dwayne Myers
Don Warrington ... Commissioner Selwyn Patterson
Alistair Petrie ... Gordon Foster
Sophie Winkleman ... Ann Hamilton
Elizabeth Bourgine ... Catherine Bordey
Jeany Spark ... Emilie Saunders


Prisoner Leon Hamilton is being escorted by ferry to Sainte Marie when he is stabbed to death, an embarrassment to Poole, who was hand-cuffed to him at the time. Hamilton was convicted of a holiday home scam and two of the passengers on the ferry, whodunnit fan and grand-daughter of investors, Suzie Park, and thuggish Sam King, an associate of another victim Gordon Foster, whose wife left him after his ruination, would seem to be likely suspects - until Poole uncovers a cunning identity swap. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Alibi [United Kingdom]


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Release Date:

22 November 2011 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Early in the episode "Murder on the Orient Express is mentioned". Murder on the Orient Express (1974) is a Poirot novel. Later in the episode DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller) lays down a handkerchief before sitting on it. This is something Poirot does several times through the Poirot-book series. Also Poole is very detail-orientated something which Poirot is as well. See more »


Camille takes a call that Leon Hamilton's wife is flying in from Guadeloupe to formally identify the body, which has already gone through autopsy, but in the very first episode it is explained to DI Poole that bodies (and evidence) would be shipped from Honore to Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe, which has bigger forensic facilities. See more »


[Furious over a prisoner's death in Poole's custody, Commissioner Patterson berates prison guard Vincent Carter before ordering him out of the police station]
DI Richard Poole: It wasn't his fault, sir. The prisoner was in my custody.
Comm. Selwyn Patterson: I'd say that's hardly something to be proud of, Inspector. I could understand if he was secretly poisoned. In fact, secretly anything! I could even forgive a gunshot from another boat, or a jet-ski or a helicopter! But no! A knife was plunged into his back while you were standing ...
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You're Wondering Now
written by Coxsone Dodd
performed by Magnus Fiennes
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Quality episode from Series 1
23 April 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Death in Paradise is, by many, including myself seen as light fluffy viewing, something not to be taken too seriously, but every now and then an episode comes along and totally blows you away. This was such an episode, the humour was measured, aiding the story, not just silliness for no sake, but the story itself is a cracker, clever, unexpected and brilliantly played out. I enjoyed Poole's birthday awkwardness, his discomfort at being centre of attention was well played out. A great guest cast too, Colin Salmon, Sarah Smart, and of course the wonderful Lee Boardman, who was brilliant in this.

Loved this one, intelligent plot, great cast.

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