Funnyman Ben Miller has landed a role as a detective in a new BBC TV drama set on a Caribbean island. The star – best known for his work with comedy partner Alexander Armstrong – will head the cast in an eight-part series Death In Paradise.
The program also marks a pioneering partnership with French broadcaster France Televisions, the first time the BBC has developed a drama with the state-owned company.
Miller – who also appeared in ITV1’s Primeval – will star alongside French actress Sara Martins, whose roles have included the film Tell No One.
The BBC One series follows a British Detective Inspector Richard Poole (Miller) who is posted to the Caribbean island of Sainte Marie – despite his hatred of sun, sea and sand.
His investigation of the murder of another policeman leads him to work with local Camille (Martins).
Miller said: “Death in Paradise is my dream job – a fascinating character, great scripts, superb cast and shooting in the Caribbean with French catering.”
Executive producer Tony Jordan said: “Filmed in the Caribbean and starring Ben Miller alongside sexy French siren Sara Martins, I think our winters are about to get a little hotter.”
The collaboration between the British and French broadcasters is taking place at all stages – including scriptwriting, casting and production.
Filming – which begins in Guadeloupe this month – will be done in English and it will be dubbed for the French audience.
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