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Great Escapist Entertainment.
on 10 January 2015
"Death in Paradise" is one of those popular entertainments that tv critics seem determined to patronise and be condescending towards. You probably know the drill. "I can't understand why it attracts such huge audiences on a regular basis", they write with a sniff. "It's SO formulaic and predictable, SO lightweight and unrealistic" etc. Unstated but implied in this critical approach is that "Death in Paradise" is basically fodder for the intellectually challenged; the sort of unstimulating fare no self-respecting "arty" type would be caught dead watching other than in the line of duty. You may have seen the perennially popular "New Tricks" getting the same treatment.
Well, the first, and essential, thing that any sniffy tv critic needs to do in order to appreciate the delights of "Death in Paradise" is to remove his or her head from their own backside. Of course it's lightweight and unrealistic for goodness sake; it's a "whodunnit" about an eccentric but brilliant detective and his colleagues who solve an improbable murder in a tropical paradise on a convenient weekly basis. It's pure escapism, a really amusing and diverting entertainment that can be wrapped around you like a rug in the freezing cold of a British winter, and I for one am grateful for the cheer it brings.
Perhaps the Beeb could make a much more edgy companion piece, which they could call "Death in Scandinavia". It could feature a damaged, angst-ridden detective trying to solve a series of utterly grizzly murders. Everybody would wade around in three feet of snow, looking utterly despondent and talking in sub-titles. I'm sure those critics would be "challenged" and "stimulated" by it, leaving the rest of us to enjoy the gentle, cheery charms of "Death in Paradise" in peace. Bring on series four.