Richard Poole (character)
Ben Miller as Richard Poole
|Death in Paradise character|
|Portrayed by||Ben Miller|
|First appearance||Series 1, Episode 1|
|Last appearance||Series 3, Episode 1|
Detective Inspector Richard Poole is a character in the crime drama television series Death in Paradise, portrayed by Ben Miller. Poole also appears in novels based on the TV series written by Robert Thorogood.
A British police inspector assigned to Saint Marie to investigate the previous inspector's murder, Poole was instructed to remain on the island as the new detective inspector. Despite his distaste for the island and inexperience with tropical weather - to the point where he continued to wear his old suits - he often showed a useful knack for making deductive leaps based on minimal information and random events, and favoured making arrests by addressing all the suspects at once before identifying the killer.
In series 2 he grew slightly more relaxed. He recommended a colleague, Fidel, for the sergeant's exam. Despite their frequent arguments over his distaste for the island and the French, his detective sergeant, Camille Bordey, may have developed romantic feelings for him as indicated in "A Murder on the Plantation." Her mother, Catherine, had arranged a blind date during the Erzulie celebrations, at which Camille briefly mistook Poole for her date. She seemed happy until her mistake was realized. However, she may simply have been happy to have a drink with a friend rather than be on a date. Ending the series, Poole briefly returned to London, but in spite of his distaste for Saint Marie, he chose to return.
Poole was murdered in the first episode of series 3, at a Cambridge University reunion, by a fellow student when he threatened to expose her identity theft. He was replaced by DI Humphrey Goodman.
Poole is an "English eccentric with a hatred for island life". According to Michael Hogan, Poole "harrumphs around Hugh Grant-ishly in his uptight Brit suit and carries a briefcase, endlessly dabbing at his forehead with a hankie." Hogan goes on to argue that Poole is a "bland blend of several dozen "quirky" screen sleuths: a bit of Morse here, a dash of Columbo there, a pinch of Precious Ramotswe and a lug of Jonathan Creek to taste." The episode "An Unholy Death" reveals that he suffers from "sphenisciphobia" (an irrational fear of nuns), as a result of a bad experience during his school-boy days.
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