Ben Miller, Sara Martins and Danny John-Jules star in Death in Paradise, an eight-part crime drama due to start on BBC One on Tuesday 25 October 2011. It is set on the fictitious island of Saint-Marie, as Steve Rogerson reports.
When a traditional English policeman – Detective Inspector Richard Poole (played by Ben Miller) – finds himself assigned to the Caribbean island of Saint-Marie, the expectation is that he has the posting of a lifetime, but he hates it, hates every minute of it. That is the setting for Death in Paradise, a new eight-part crime drama due to start on BBC One on Tuesday 25 October 2011.
Poole does not like the sun and the sand, he hates the sea and he is not over keen on the Caribbean style of policing. But he tries to get into the swing of things when a British cop is murdered and he is the investigator in charge helped by local police officers Camile Bordey (played by Sara Martins) and Dwayne Myers (played by Danny John-Jules).
Writer Robert Thorogood got the idea for the show when a British policeman was sent out to head up a murder enquiry during the Caribbean Cricket World Cup. “I imagined an uptight and by-the-book London copper trying to solve a murder in the sweltering heat of the Tropics,” he said in the BBC press release. “There was a series in this. I was sure of it.”
But Thorogood in those days did not have any writing credits to his name and it took him a long time before he convinced the BBC to go with the show, and he only did that with the help of Tony Jordan from Red Planet Pictures.
“When I got into the room with Tony Jordan, I pitched Death In Paradise to him, and he loved it,” said Thorogood. “And with Tony now championing the idea, the BBC commissioned a script from me and – to cut a very long story short – the series was eventually greenlit two years later.”
Actors in Death in Paradise
Ben Miller is well known these days as James Lester in Primeval and Howard Steel in The Worst Week of My Life, but his career dates back to the early 1990s with appearances on the likes of Paul Merton: The Series and French and Saunders. He also became a regular on Armstrong and Miller on Channel Four from 1997 to 2001, the forerunner of the BBC’s The Armstrong and Miller Show, which is still running today. More recently, he was Martin Logan in The Book Group, Stewart James in Doc Martin, the priest in Popetown and Jonathan Pope in Moving Wallpaper. He also appeared as himself in the first episode of Episodes.
French actress Sara Martins had a number of one-off and film roles before her first recurring TV role as Estelle in CID from 2006 to 2007. She went on to play Jeanne in Merci, Les Enfants Vont Bien!, Sophie Devailly in Les Tricheurs, Fleur in Pigalle, la Nuit and Hélène in Signature.
Danny John-Jules is best known for his portrayal of Cat in the science-fiction comedy Red Dwarf. Other roles include Barrington in Maid Marian and her Merry Men, Byron Lucifer in The Tomorrow People, Ed in The Crouches and Lenny Bicknall in MI High.
Death in Paradise also stars Gary Carr as Fidel Best, Lenora Crichlow as Lily Thomson and Don Warrington as Selwyn Patterson.
Team Behind Death in Paradise
Filmed on location in Guadeloupe, Death in Paradise was written by Robert Thorogood, produced by Red Planet Pictures and Atlantique Productions in association with BBC Worldwide and Kudos Film & Television for BBC One and France Télévisions.
Commissioned by Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama commissioning, and Danny Cohen, controller of BBC One, the show has as its executive producers Tony Jordan for Red Planet Pictures and Polly Hill at the BBC.
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