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This review is from: Death in Paradise - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 18 Jan 2012 13:01:35 GMT
B. Russell says:
they have commisioned a second series :)
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Dec 2012 12:59:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Dec 2012 18:18:49 GMT
Is it acceptable to have such a negative racial sterotype - an uptight non emotional intellectually superior Englishman solving all the crime to the amazement of the yokels. Not at all PC! How did the BBC let this occur?
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 15:54:46 GMT
It's actually a study on how locals deal with a socially inept bloke who needs to learn the words 'relax' and 'lighten up'.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 18:26:13 GMT
No it is not - the 8 episodes deal with a DI (not a "bloke") who is blessed with an intelligence that others do not have. It is his genius - always displayed in the final reveal - that pulls it all together and solves the crime.
I wonder if a) you have watched it and b) if so understood it? This is light entertainment... not that demanding but very enjoyable.
Poole is a police version of "Doc Martin" replete with nice scenery and self absorbed buffonery. It is funny.... but in reality he'd be a nightmare
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 12:54:57 GMT
Er...I think you both need to get a sense of humour! I was being 'tongue in cheek'!
For your information I have watch DIP MANY TIMES, have the DVD and also have been priviledged to meet several of the cast members. DI Poole *is* brilliant but *is* also socially awkward as can be most 'quirkly characters' which is part of the humourous 'fish out of water' tale. Robert Thorogood, the series creator based that on a real life situaltion. 2 Met Personnel who were sent out to the Caribbean years back to investigate the death of a UK national, who also had to wear full suits.
Indeed the programme *does* make fun of 'stereotypes' including that of UK/French rivalry and sends it up very well. Plus DI Poole *is* a man therefore a *bloke*! As I type this Series 2 has started, final viewing figures for Episode 1 have reached 8.2 miliion, so it does show I take notice!
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2013 13:04:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2013 13:06:54 GMT
Yes.... so this is reality based TV! Now we know, and that you have celb friends. Have you got Ms Martin's phone number svp?
I guess if you are happy to call men "blokes" you have no objection to being called a "bird".
your first post
Mrs. H. A. Taylor Nicholson says:
Er...I think you need to get a sense of humour! I was being 'tongue in cheek' and reacting to the somewhat patronising 1st post! For your information I have watch DIP MANY TIMES. I have the DVD and also have been priviledged to meed several of the cast members. DI Poole *is* brilliant but also socially awkward as can be most 'quirkly characters'. Indeed the programme does make fun of 'stereotypes' including that of UK/French rivalry and sends it up very well. Plus DI Poole *is* a man therefore a *bloke*! Stop being so pedantically snotty and snobby!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2013 09:01:20 GMT
Amazon Customer says:
I'm an English bloke (no problem with that term), not quite as up-tight as DI Poole (I hope). I had the privilege of teaching a class of students from the Caribbean a few months ago (here in the UK alas, rather than on their home turf) and quickly became aware of how "restrained" we are compared with the attitudes and approach they brought with them (which was a great experience). So, I'm agreeing with you: I think Death in Paradise is a brilliant vignette, caricatured a little of course, but hugely and beautifully enjoyable.
The only bit I find truly implausible is how DI Poole continues to resist Camille...
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