Death in Paradise - Series 1 [DVD] 
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DI Richard Poole is sent to the paradise island of Saint-Marie in the Caribbean to solve an impossible murder. He hates sun, sea and sand, but no matter--once he’s solved the murder he’ll be heading back to wonderful, cold, drizzly London. He does so, with brilliance and tenacity--only to discover his boss back home has conspired to keep him there. He’s trapped on an island he hates and people just keep getting murdered.
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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!
It is witty, clever and very good entertainment. The writing is intricate - with all the clues there for you to see if you are clever enough, no loose ends and no rabbit from a hat surprise twists or endings.
The acting is a masterclass. It's about time there was a hero by the name of Poole (my family name) and Ben Miller does us proud. Arrogant, eccentric and completely ill at ease with himself, others and the world (especially the sunny bits with sand), but still he manages to be likeable, fundamentally decent and kind hearted. His sergeant is vivacious and is McCoy to his Spock, as it were, all emotion and passion and often right - much as DI Poole is reluctant to admit it. The two police officers, the laid back ladies man Dwayne and the innocent and enthusiastic Fidel, are beautifully observed. Stir in Don Warrington as a wily and political Police Commissioner and simmer for an hour in the Carribbean sun.
No shaky cam. No swearing. No nudity. No "gritty". No body parts. No "relevant". No "Edgy".
Just a quality who-dunnit that will usually leave you guessing until all the characters are gathered together for the villain to be unmasked. Even when you gues who did it, the joy is in the journey. The dialogue crackles and you will laugh out loud a lot - of you have any sense of humour.
When Poole is recommended to have a relaxing walk on the beach, he says he doesn't like getting sand "in every bodily orifice". Not noticing the surprise of the ladies he is speaking to, he carries on rummaging in his bag adding "Frankly, I don't know why they don't just shove a piece of sandpaper down your trousers and have done with it..."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Each of the eight episodes are stand-alone "who-dunnit" murder mysteries. The setting is beautiful and the acting is excellent; I just didn't find the plots very... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jenny (South Africa)
After a policeman is murdered. On the paradise island which is administered. By the UK a new policeman arrives to investigate and become the new. Read morePublished 1 month ago by south walian
Very good. The contrast between the buttoned - up, pedantic civil servant played by Ben Miller and his relaxed, free spirited, free - wheeling staff is hilarious and the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love it,nice to be able to keep the series with Ben MillerPublished 2 months ago by Andrea Freegard