With series 2 premiering last night on BBC One, here’s a quick microwave version of series one of my newest favorite BBC drama, Death in Paradise. In series one, Scotland Yard detective Ben Miller arrives on a picturesque island and, unknowingly, becomes 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. Now, you’re all caught up.
The second set of programs will see the return of Ben Miller with Danny John-Jules (Red Dwarf) returning as Dwayne Myers, the ultimate laid-back police officer, 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, Gemma Jones from Spooks 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
As series two premiered last night on BBC One, 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. Last night’s episode, “A Murder on the Plantation”, has DI Poole trying to determine who put the machete in the back of the owner of a former sugar plantation. Even though there are countless numbers of suspects, it’s no easy task as all have seemingly cast-iron alibis
For U.S. fans of Miller and John-Jules, Death in Paradise will premiere on a number of public television stations across the U.S. beginning in 2013 (if it hasn’t already). Check it out and let me know what you think.