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Death in Paradise, the hit Brit whodunit, is coming back to local PBS and independent public television stations with a third series, a new detective inspector, and eight new mysteries for him to solve. Ain’t life in Brit TV land grand?

Death in Paradise
Death in Paradise © BBC


As detailed in “Kris Marshall Joining, Ben Miller Leaving Death in Paradise,” the former star of the hit mystery series, Ben Miller (Primeval, The Worst Week of My Life), decided that it was time for him and his DI Richard Poole character to leave the sunny Caribbean at the end of Series 2. Fans who felt Miller “makes the show” were understandably upset (yours truly included), and many speculated about whether the show would be, could be, as good without the Poole man.

Kris Marshall as DI Humphrey Goodman in Death in Paradise
Death in Paradise: Kris Marshall © Red Planet Pictures

Well, I am happy to report that Kris Marshall (Love Actually, My Family) is fabulous as DI Humphrey Goodman — “the new fish (out of water) in town” — and more than 8 million viewers in the UK (source: BARB) think so, too.

Goodman, who is neither Poole redux nor his polar opposite, is a very likable and capable character. In his early forties and married, he has his own quirks and ways of piecing together clues, is happy to be living and working on Saint Marie, and begins making himself at home on the (fictional) island. He even keeps Harry the lizard as his housemate.

Said Marshall of the DI and his colleagues, “… they think he is quite odd, a bit of an idiot and in the way… However, gradually, as the series goes on, he begins to fit in as their little odd boss. They still think his methods are slightly off the wall, but as the series progresses, they become a good team.”

That team includes DS Camille Bordey (Sara Martins, Paris, Je T’Aime), Sergeant Fidel Best (Gary Carr, Downton Abbey), and Officer Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules, Red Dwarf). Other recurring cast members include Don Warrington (New Street Law) as Commissioner Selwyn Patterson and Élisabeth Bourgine (My Best Friend) as Camille’s maman, Catherine.

Guest stars in the third series include a veritable who’s who of British television: Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet), Peter Davison (The Last Detective), Sharon Small (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries), Raza Jaffrey (Mistresses), Haydn Gwynne (Drop the Dead Donkey), William Beck (Casualty), Jimmy Akingbola (Holby City), Phil Davis (Whitechapel), and, of course, Ben Miller.

Currently airing on BBC One in the UK, Series 3 arrives on these shores Saturday, 1 March 2014.*

Here is the trailer for Episode 1, but be warned…

THERE ARE SPOILERS.

Below is the FULL LIST of local PBS and independent public television stations for Death in Paradise. All are confirmed for airing Series 3, except where noted.

* The actual premiere date for Series 3 varies from station to station, so not all of them will start airing it on the 1st of March. To find out the exact debut date and time on the station that serves your area, please contact its viewer services department. Links to the stations’ websites are provided below.

StateCityStation
ARIZONAPhoenix
ARIZONATucson
CALIFORNIAFresno
CALIFORNIALos Angeles
CALIFORNIASan Diego
CALIFORNIASan Francisco/Oakland, San Jose, Watsonville
COLORADODenver, Durango, Grand Junction, Pueblo/Colorado Springs, Steamboat Springs
CONNECTICUTBridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAWashington, DC
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAWashington, DC
FLORIDAPensacola
FLORIDATallahassee
FLORIDATampa/St. Petersburg
IDAHOBoise, Coeur d’Alene, Moscow, Pocatello, Twin Falls
ILLINOISCarbondale (Paducah, KY/Cape Girardeau, MO/Harrisburg, IL)
ILLINOISCharleston (Champaign/Springfield/Decatur
ILLINOISChicago
INDIANAIndianapolis
IOWACouncil Bluffs, Davenport (Quad Cities), Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Mason City, Red Oak, Sioux City, Waterloo
LOUISIANAAlexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport
MARYLANDAnnapolis, Baltimore, Frederick, Hagerstown, Oakland, Salisbury
MASSACHUSETTSBoston
MICHIGANEast Lansing
MICHIGANGrand Rapids
MINNESOTAMinneapolis/St. Paul
MONTANABillings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell, Missoula
NEVADALas Vegas
NEW HAMPSHIREDurham, Keene, Littleton
NEW JERSEYCamden, Montclair, New Brunswick, Trenton
NEW YORKAlbany/Schenectady
NEW YORKBinghamton
NEW YORKGarden City/New York City
NEW YORKPlattsburgh
NEW YORKRochester
NEW YORKWatertown
NORTH CAROLINACharlotte
OHIOColumbus
OHIODayton/Portsmouth, Oxford/Cincinnati
OHIOCleveland/Akron, Youngstown
PENNSYLVANIAErie
PENNSYLVANIAHarrisburg
SOUTH CAROLINAAllendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Columbia, Conway, Florence, Greenville, Greenwood, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Sumter
TENNESSEEKnoxville, Sneedville
TENNESSEEMemphis
TEXASKilleen/Waco
UTAHProvo
UTAHSalt Lake City, Richfield, St. George
VERMONTBurlington, Rutland, St. Johnsbury, Windsor
WASHINGTONTacoma
WEST VIRGINIAGrandview/Bluefield-BeckleyHuntington, Morgantown
WISCONSINMilwaukee

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Death in Paradise: Series 3 Premiere Date and Full List of Local PBS Stations