***Death in Paradise series 3 spoiler alert***
Lots of Twitter chatter the past week or so after last Tuesday’s UK series 3 premiere which saw DI Richard Poole, played by Ben Miller, exit the island rather abruptly. Even though it was no secret that Poole wanted to leave this island paradise the moment he set foot on the sands of his own private hell, I’m guessing that this wasn’t the way he was planning on leaving.
Main questions from fans were ‘why so quick’ and ‘why this way’ along with a general feeling that viewers would have liked to have seen the relationship play out between Detective Sergeant Camille Bordey (Sara Martins) and DI Poole. When Miller decided to leave the show after two seasons, it was not to be, however. Replacing Miller for series 3 is Kris Marshall (My Family) as Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman.
Fans of the series, and of Miller’s performance, were admittedly a bit skeptical as to Marshall coming on board, but from the looks and sound of things, he’s done a brilliant job so far. Reminiscent of Poole’s arrival on Saint-Marie, Goodman must quickly adjust to his new environment and hit the ground running following the clues left by Poole, himself, to solve the murder case of a fellow British policeman. Here, the ‘outgoing’ Ben Miller and ‘incoming’ Kris Marshall discuss the shocking first episode of Death In Paradise 3 whereby Miller gives some spot-on advice as to how Marshall might need to remain on the show.
Death in Paradise also stars Danny John-Jules and Gary Carr, aka Fidel and Dwayne, who recently took a break from filming the third series to take fans on a behind-the-scenes tour of Saint Marie’s Honore police station, debating the most famous prisoners they’ve ever had in their cells and, then, revealing why the scenery is so distracting that they forget their lines.
Carr, who also plays Jack Ross in the new season of Downton Abbey, recently wrote about the ‘perils’ of playing a detective in the Caribbean. Come to find out, Carr looked within his own immediate family when researching the role as his uncle has been a policeman for over 20 years in Trinidad and Tobago.
All in all, Death in Paradise has been a fun series to watch for two seasons and Marshall deserves a chance to take it to the next level for a few more.