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?
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.
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.