Death in Paradise 3 Seasons 2013

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Season 2
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1. Death in Paradise - Episode 1 AGES_12_AND_OVER

Poole and the team try to solve a mysterious machete murder.

59 minutes

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Death in Paradise - Episode 1

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy
Director Keith Boak
Season year 2013
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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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
Welcome back to the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie (shot on location on Guadeloupe). Once again we are treated to a series of whodunnits, although where the first series was more centred around tourists on the island committing crimes, this time around the crimes involve mainly those who live on the island.

From solving murders on a plantation, a luxury spa, amongst students and explorers, a fundraiser, and involving an ex-colleague from London, you can be sure the team will get their person. Ben Miller is in excellent form again as the detective who walks around in a suit and tie, with his case, moaning about the heat. And it is so funny when he won't be phased by a hurricane coming to the island, after all what can it be like for someone who went through 'The Fish', our 1987 version.

With Camille showing signs of wanting something a bit more serious with the chief, will he pick up on these? Also here we have Fidel going for his sergeants exam, as well as Richard having to travel back to London to escort a prisoner. In the last episode you will find out whether Fidel passes, and whether Richard will return.

All in all, like the first series this is fun to watch and works your brain as you try and work out who the perpetrators are. In some respects this is back to the old days, where the criminal was exposed in a denouement, and you don't have some long back story involving the troubled relationships of the detective. Like most people of my age these were the types of stories that we grew up with, either on tv or in books, and they will always remain to a certain extent popular simply because they are escapist puzzles, where you want to beat the detective to the correct answer. And lets face it, Dwayne and Richard on the motorcycle sidecar look like Wallace and Gromit, which is comedy gold. If you want to put your feet up, watch some entertaining tv, whilst solving puzzles, then you can't really go wrong with this.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Hakan Sandgren on 12 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
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
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
Death in Paradise manages to be a detective series with a difference - all credit to the script writers that they have been able to come up with a completely unique scenario after all the police series which have been on our screens over the years. Personally I liked the first series from the word go, but I think it has got better as it has gone along and it is certainly now right up there with my favourite television viewing.

At the end of Series 1 we saw Detective Inspector Richard Poole on the dock of the island of Sainte-Marie where the series is set, appearing to be considering remaining on the island. Series 2 sees a continuation of his career on the island, with new murders to exercise his considerable investigative skills. Ben Miller is an excellent choice for the straight laced Poole and plays the part to perfection. His rather unlikely partner is Detective Sergeant Camille Bordey, played by Sara Martins. The chemistry between the pair is quite clear and has grown as the show has gone along. This is a major factor in its success. Mention should also be made of the parts of Dwayne Myers, the oldest member of the team, and Commissioner Selwyn Patterson who was responsible for bringing Poole on board as these characters are also memorably acted.

The episodes are quite varied this time round and range from the white owner of a plantation who is found with a machete in his back, and who has rather a tangled personal life to Camille's friend, a singer, who dies mysteriously whilst performing on a yacht. Poole has his own distinctive style of operation. He quietly investigates, takes everything in and when he is ready gathers everyone together and makes his pronouncement.
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