Death in Paradise (TV series)
|Death in Paradise|
|Genre||Crime, drama, comedy|
|Created by||Robert Thorogood|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||16 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Red Planet Pictures and Atlantique Production, in association with Kudos for the BBC and France Télévisions|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Original run||25 October 2011– present|
|Website BBC Death in Paradise|
Death in Paradise is a British crime comedy-drama created by Robert Thorogood and starring Ben Miller and Sara Martins. The programme is a joint UK and French production filmed on the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe.
After consistently high ratings during the second series, on 12 February 2013 Death in Paradise was commissioned for a third series by Ben Stephenson. It was announced on 9 April 2013 that Ben Miller would exit Death in Paradise in series three while a new detective, DI Humphrey Goodman (played by Kris Marshall), would be taking over.
The third series is set to begin airing in January 2014.
The plot centres on the character of strait-laced British policeman Richard Poole (Ben Miller), a detective from London's Metropolitan Police. He is sent to the fictional Caribbean island of Saint-Marie to solve the case of the death of a fellow British policeman. After solving the murder of his predecessor, he ends up becoming the local police force's new senior detective.
- Ben Miller – Detective Inspector Richard Poole: A British inspector assigned to the island to investigate the previous inspector's murder, Poole was instructed to remain on the island as the new police detective. Despite his distaste for the island and inexperience with tropical weather—to the point that he continues to wear his old suits despite their impracticality—he has often shown a useful knack for making deductive leaps based on minimal information and random events. He has generally formed a good bond with his new team despite the occasional personality clash (as opposed to his old role in London, where his colleagues threw a party after his departure). In the final episode of season 1, Poole receives the news from the commissioner that his old job in London is still available, owing to his ability to solve near-impossible murders; he needs only to call the head office within a few hours. He misses this deadline and is now the permanent police chief of the island. In season 2, he has grown slightly more flexible in his behaviour. After an impressive piece of work on Fidel's part, he personally recommends him for the sergeant's exam, on which he rather awkwardly offers Fidel encouragement. He has, since arriving on Saint-Marie, found himself a co-tenant with a small lizard which he has named Harry, that wandered into his modest beach house.
- Sara Martins – Sergeant Camille Bordey: A former undercover investigator before she was arrested during Poole's first investigation, she was assigned to the precinct because her cover was blown when she was arrested at the same time as a minor criminal. She is apparently highly decorated for her job and is regarded as the team's best investigator after Poole, often handling the computer side of things. Initially she and Poole did not get along, her French ancestry and openness about her emotions clashing with Poole's highly repressed nature. However, over time their relationship has become a friendship and shows some hints of romantic interest.
- Danny John-Jules – Dwayne Myers: The older member of the original team, he nevertheless appears fairly comfortable in his role as a junior, showing a dedication to his work and a willingness to learn from Poole's and Camille's own raw investigative skills, generally serving as the team driver and point man when called in to investigate cases. Dwayne cultivates his image as a more laid-back officer, e.g., working through the night to aid Fidel in fingerprinting work but allowing Fidel to take all the credit. John-Jules has acknowledged the character's naming similarity with his Duane Dibbley character from Red Dwarf.
- Gary Carr – Fidel Best: The younger investigator, Fidel has an unseen but pregnant wife (who gives birth to a daughter in the first season's finale). He is described as the best organiser on the team, often being entrusted with collecting fingerprints and organising witness statements. He is arguably the most eager of the team, willing to go above and beyond what is asked of him, and also seems to be the most eager to get Poole's approval (working to impress the inspector, who appreciates Fidel's initiative). During season 2, Fidel is studying to become a sergeant after being recommended for the exam by Poole in recognition of his fine work. He spends much of the latter half of the season growing increasingly nervous and worked up and briefly considers not sitting for the exam. However, after encouragement from Myers, Bordey, and Poole (who gave him his lucky pencil), he sits for the exam and is informed that he has passed in the last episode of season 2.
- Don Warrington – Commissioner Selwyn Patterson: The police commissioner on the island, Patterson was responsible for assigning Poole to the island on a long-term basis. He has often demonstrated greater concern with political appearances than with solving crimes, such as ordering Poole to eliminate a man from the investigation despite his being the most obvious suspect, but he frequently accepts Poole's findings when Poole can provide conclusive evidence. He is also willing to be manipulative, deliberately waiting until the last minute to inform Poole that he could return to London and then subtly interfering with Poole's efforts to do so, as he wishes to keep Poole (with his high rate of success in solving crimes) on the island.
- Élizabeth Bourgine – Catherine: Camille's mother and owner of a bar, she occasionally provides a place for the team to talk over cases. Poole's relationship with her is strained, as she is French and very open with her emotions, in contrast to his very restrained stiff-upper-lipped British ways.
Overview of Main Characters
- Episode count is as of Episode 2.8 (most recent)
|DI Richard Poole||Ben Miller||2011–14||1.1–3.?||16|
|DI Camille Borday||Sara Martins||2011–||1.1–||16*|
|Fidel Best||Gary Carr||2011–||1.1–||16|
|Dwayne Myers||Danny John-Jules||2011–||1.1–||16|
|Commissioner Selwyn Patterson||Don Warrington||2011–||1.1–||13|
|Catherine Borday||Élizabeth Bourgine||2011–||1.1–||13|
|DI Humphrey Goodman||Kris Marshall||2014–||3.?–||0|
– Character had a major role in the most recent series (Series 2)
- Sara Martins only appeared at the very end in episode 1.06 due to an injury however she was still credited and therefore was still counted as a main character in the episode
Two seasons of eight episodes each, airing in late 2011 and early 2013, respectively, have been produced so far.
The series has been filmed on the French island of Guadeloupe in the Lesser Antilles, mainly on the site of Deshaies (which figures[clarification needed] the fictional town of Honoré on the fictional island of Saint-Marie), with the help of the Bureau d’accueil des tournages de la Région Guadeloupe.
The second series started with just over 8 million viewers and a 28.8% share of the audience for the 9-10 pm time slot. This was up by 1.3 million viewers, and 5% audience share, from the opening of the previous series and was, up to that time, the highest-rated episode of the drama on BBC television.
Series 2 enjoyed consistently high ratings, with overnight figures for the first four episodes all passing the six-million figure and the fifth only slightly missing out with an overnight rating of 5.97, which was still the highest-rated broadcast programme for the time slot with an audience share of 25.8%.
Series 1 of Death in Paradise was released as a region-2 two-disc set on 8 October 2012.
Series 2 was released on three discs in region 2 on 4 March 2013.
Series 1 and 2 are being shown in the San Francisco Bay Area on KQEH "Mystery Night" in 2013. Series 1 aired in January and February 2013, Series 2 aired in April and May 2013, and then Series 1 began repeating on October 6, 2013. In the New England area, WGBX started airing Series 1 and 2 in 2013.
The theme song is an Jamaican song from the 60s called "You're Wondering Now" written by Coxsone Dodd, originally recorded by The Skatalites and Andy & Joey in Jamaica. Later made famous in Europe by ska band The Specials and even later by Amy Winehouse as featured on some editions of the deluxe version of her album Back to Black. It's unclear what recording is used in the series.
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- Episode 106 KQED Plus: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 – 7:59pm
- All ratings are sourced from the BARB.