With every passing day, the world of British telly just keeps getting better and better. In addition to our recent mentions of new comedies that are hitting the telly as we speak such as Me & Mrs Jones, Moone Boy and Red Dwarf X, along with the commissioning of new series of established brilliance such as Miranda and Spy, there is pipeline greatness from a comedy/drama standpoint that will find its way onto the small screen in late 2012, early 2013 on both sides of the pond. One, in particular, is currently being filmed in the Caribbean, Death in Paradise.
Death in Paradise II
Its been a tough year (ok, just kidding) for Danny John-Jules in 2012. Not only has he survived the long-awaited return of Red Dwarf this past Thursday, he’s now being forced to spend time on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe filming the second series of Death in Paradise. The first series of the crime drama saw DI Richard Poole, played by Ben Miller, arrive on an idyllic island and become its new police detective. While trying to solve mysterious murders on the Caribbean island, DI Poole made it his lot in life to try not to get burned while in constant search for a proper British cup of tea.
The second set of programs will see the return of Ben Miller, John-Jules returning as the ultimate laid-back police officer, Dwayne Myers and Sarah Martins as Detective Sergeant Camille Bordey. Series 2 will see a host of new cast members that will be quite recognizable to both British and American audiences. Lucy Davis, Dawn Tinsley in The Office, Mathew Horne, Gavin from Gavin and Stacey and Primeval star Hannah Spearritt are the latest stars to be joining the quirky crime drama. In addition, James Fleet (Vicar of Dibley) will also guest star.
For a detective who can’t stand sand, even paradise can be hell
According to reports, DI Richard Poole is still ‘trapped’ on the stunning Caribbean island paradise of Saint-Marie – and for him the sun, sea and sand still continue to irritate, just as he irritates his long-suffering colleagues. Series 2 will see DI Poole, Sergeant Bordey, Dwayne and Fidel tackle a baffling array of unique murders, from pirate curses to nuns killed in locked rooms.
Death in Paradise had a rough go of it early on during the first series with critics not warming up to Miller’s character or the script after the first episode. While I tended to agree given the same running gag seemed to dominate the premiere, it settled in and has become a really enjoyable hour of telly that was rewarded with a second series. Let’s hope it continues to grow as it did in series one.