Death in Paradise 3 Seasons 2011

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Season 1
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1. Episode 1

When a British Cop is murdered, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is sent to investigate.

Runtime:
58 minutes

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Episode 1

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Crime
Season year 2011
Network BBC Worldwide
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Hakan Sandgren on 12 Sep 2012
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Yes, there are murders all around (another Midsomer, perhaps) but this turned out to be a series that the whole family liked. Inspector Pool's insistence on keeping his 'Englishness' while posted to a Caribbean island could have made this a really silly show but it has been handled very well. The cast is doing very well and the balance between locals, tourists, English officials and the French restaurant owner, Detective Sergeant Camille Bordey's mother, is great. Sara Martins is great as Bordey and the other two police officers at the station play their parts in the mysteries very well. There are plenty of laughs while Pool gets all the facts sorted out in his head. The Poirot/Miss Marple-style final gathering when the finer points are revealed works well here. I am pleased that Pool did not get sent back to London at the end of the series and that a second series is on the way.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Brookes on 23 Dec 2011
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This is an excellent 'pantomime' murder series that could have been written at any time in the last fifty or sixty years. By 'pantomime', I mean unreal. Of course, it's all the better for that, because we have become over-used to gritty detectives with hard-boiled plots. These are more Agatha Christie than John Rankin, and that does require a different approach.

First of all, there's the premise - a Met officer seconded from London to a (rather dangerous) Caribbean island. It's a former French colony that somehow came under British control (odd enough, that, but it does allow voodoo to crop up more than once). I suppose the unreality was inevitable since it's a joint British/French production, filmed on Guadaloupe. The population includes a large proportion of bloodthirsty ex-pat Brits (who may have transplanted from Midsomer village), a sprinkling of French-speakers, and many black Caribbeans who have the sense to avoid the really serious crimes. It is a slight disappointment that the whiff of political correctness is strong - the murderer is usually the white man (or woman) - but this is easily forgiven since the stories are so unreal anyway.

What redeems the series is the chemistry between the four main characters, which is strong. Ben Miller plays a detective who softens and becomes less anally-retentive as the episodes pass by, whilst Sara Martins is a likeable and excellent foil. Most of the crimes are solved by flashes of inspiration, rather than detective work, but that is what we were once used to from the likes of Columbo, and it does not detract from several entertaining 1-hour episodes.

Well worth five stars!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daapyness on 4 Feb 2013
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Loved this series.
Entertaining, lighthearted & just for once, no gratuitous sex, violence or swearing.

The second series is shaping up to be just as good ...if not better, than the first.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED VIEWING !!
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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Sr Harrup on 3 Dec 2011
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Brilliant Comedy/crime drama from the BBC, all the cast act and fit in so well, it took a while to recognise the 'cat' from 'Red Dwarf', but Miller steals the show creating a memorable new detective charactor. If the BBC don't make another series then there is no justice in the media. Clever scripts, superb acting and a wonderful location. If you missed this on tv then buy the DVD - you won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Taylor on 2 Mar 2013
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Love this series. Got into this whilst watching series 2 on BBC one so had to see how it all started.
Sun Sea and Sexy (Sara Martins). What's not to like. Ok is basically Poirot in the sun but with no waxed moustache!
Wouldn't go there for a holiday though, there's always a murder there! Great scenery and Cat from Red Dwarf (Danny
John-Jules! Great to watch on a cold wet night in the UK (which is most nights) will be getting series two and series three has been commissioned :) Even the music is good! Go watch it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By davis@6eaststreet.freeserve.co.uk on 28 Feb 2013
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I bought this for a friend who now lives in the US and she misses this sort of stuff. It's Lewes in the sun, updated Poirot - whatever you compare it to, it's easy to watch and great to watch on a cold evening imagining that you're in that wonderful hut on the beach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frosty on 22 Jan 2013
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Brilliant. We bought this as the series on the TV is very good and we hadn't seen series 1. It makes a great change from the usual 'cops solve murders' series as it has a lot of humour in it. Great.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By BethP on 16 Dec 2011
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I can honestly say that Death in Paradise is my favourite 'comfort viewing' of this winter so far. I know Ben Miller really did suffer from the heat whilst making it, but I certainly hope he can be persuaded to go back and make another series. All the main characters are nicely drawn, and as the episodes went along they really gelled - squabbling and looking out for each other's backs. Richard Poole's methods remind me of a cross between Sherlock Holmes' brilliance - the keen focus, during which the niceties of everyday life are spurned, and Hercule Poirot. There is something delightfully Agatha Chrisy-ish about it. The setting is lovely, and whilst I've spotted "who dunnit" quite early on in some of the episodes, there have been others where I have not. I'm really, really hoping for series 2, and will buy the Series 1 DVD as soon as it comes out.
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