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An Unholy Death 

Teen-aged postulate Therese is killed in a fire at the island convent,apparently caused by her smoking, the door to her room being locked from the inside. However, Poole suspects foul play ... See full summary »

Director:

Alrick Riley

Writers:

Colin Bytheway, Robert Thorogood (creator)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Kenneth Cranham ... Father John
Gemma Jones ... Sister Anne
Rowena King ... Sister Marguerite
Georgina Campbell ... Therese
Elizabeth Bourgine ... Catherine Bordey
Patrick Baladi ... Daryl Dexter
Ben Miller ... DI Richard Poole
Sara Martins ... DS Camille Bordey
Gary Carr ... Officer Fidel Best
Danny John-Jules ... Officer Dwayne Myers
Caroline Langrishe ... Laura Masters
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Teen-aged postulate Therese is killed in a fire at the island convent,apparently caused by her smoking, the door to her room being locked from the inside. However, Poole suspects foul play when he finds that Therese has been sent a threatening note and clearly knew more than she should. Daryl Dexter,arranging public relations for the convent after the discovery of a holy well that cures the sick,is a prime suspect as Therese discovered he was bribing the 'sick' to claim they had been miraculously cured. Another suspect is Father John,guilty of an indiscretion many years ago at a convent where Therese eventually stayed. Poole uncovers a crime of passion in solving the case though he finds it harder to remove his phobia about nuns. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2013 (UK) See more »

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The title of this episode is sometimes given as "An Unholy Death" See more »

Goofs

The name on the sleeping medication label was listed as "Sister Theresa". It was specified earlier in the episode that she had yet to take her vows, so she was not yet a "sister". See more »

Quotes

Father John: Old sins make long shadows... isn't that what they say?
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You're Wondering Now (theme music)
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Written by Coxsone Dodd
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Nuns always add that little something to a mystery.
23 August 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

An Unholy Death is another excellent early episode of Death in Paradise. As I watch these early episodes I'm struck by the sheer quality, yes there was humour, but the more serious side was darker, harder edged. It's definitely amusing, but they're not sending the show up at any point, this is very, very good drama. The story is great, it sees young Therese killed by leaving a cigarette lit in her bedroom, it's a great story line, with a surprising outcome. Fabulous performances from the British stalwarts, Gemma Jones and Kenneth Cranham lead the way, but the main players are great also. I had forgotten just how good Ben Miller was in them.

A great watch. 9/10


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