18 April 2013

Kris Marshall Joining, Ben Miller Leaving "Death in Paradise"

There's bad news and better news to report about the hit mystery program Death in Paradise. First, the better: Kris Marshall is joining the cast. Now the bad: Ben Miller is leaving.

Death in Paradise: Season One
My first reaction to the BBC's announcement of Miller's departure from Death in Paradisewas, "Say it isn't so!" But so it is.

After playing the uptight, fish-out-of-UK-waters DI Richard Poole for two series, Miller is bidding adieu to Poole and the fictional French Caribbean island of Sainte-Marie and heading off for other pastures, green or otherwise. Said Miller:
"I have absolutely loved my time on Death In Paradise and am sad to be leaving such a successful show. However, DI Poole has made no secret of his struggle with the Caribbean heat, so I felt now was a good time to put him out of his misery! I know Kris will do a superb job and I'm delighted to be handing over the detective baton to him."
Death in Paradise: Season Two
Marshall, who is probably best known to stateside viewers for his roles as Colin in the hit film Love Actuallyand Nick in the Britcom My Family,will play the "bright, but rather disorganised and gawky DI Humphrey Goodman, who is stuck in a mid-life rut and is looking to find a new life and fresh start." About the show and his new role, Marshall shared this:
"I am thrilled to be joining Death In Paradise and finding out a bit more about what makes Humphrey tick. Six months filming on a tropical island with an amazing cast and glorious sunshine? What isn't there to love! I might even get myself a parrot!"
So much of the flavor and fun of Death in Paradisehas been due to Miller's Poole, from his mini British-vs-French rows with DS Camille Bordey (Sara Martins) and one-way conversations with "housemate" Harry, the green lizard (gecko?), to his social cluelessness and I-know-who-the-killer-is ah-ha moments. So it will be interesting to see what Marshall does with Goodman and how he and the writers integrate the new character into the show.

Details regarding how and when Miller will depart have been tightly under wraps, so we'll just have to wait until Death in Paradise returns in 2014 to find out. Filming of the third series begins next month on the real Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.

In the meantime, viewers in the U.S. can catch Series One and Two on telly on select PBS member stations, stream episodes on the KPBS website, grab the Region 2 DVDs from Amazon UK,or pre-order Region 1 (North America) DVDs from Amazon US.

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  1. ben miller was made for this part,and i really think the show will go right downhill when he goes, one annoying thing about ben is,when you take on a role and it becomes a smash hit, i think its a bit bad to walk out after the third series,no doubt the rest of the team are non too pleased with him,he could have stuck it out until the end, i know he has been in a few things before, but i had never heard of him before death in paradise, and he has only had bit parts, apart from that awful comedy duo, which was rubbish, silly man, nevertheless the least he could do is come back,for the last couple of series when they decide to wrap it up altogether, if only for the 6million people who watch it, and made it what it is and made him a household name instead of a bloke millions didnt know existed

  2. I agree; Miller was made for the part. He's brilliant as Poole (I think he's brilliant, period), and like you & many others, I am *very* disappointed re: his leaving the show. Hopefully Kris Marshall will put a good spin on his new character and the show will continue to be as good as it has been... You might want to check out "The Worst Week of My Life" (sitcom) and "Primeval" (sci-fi/fantasy) for more Miller. Both are good, but neither is "Death in Paradise." :-)

  3. I'm American and love the show. I am saddened and highly disappointed to hear of this news. I have lost interest already in watching the show anymore after Ben leaves. He makes the show.

  4. I know how you feel, Chad. I'm right there w/ you. But I'm hopeful that the writers have created a smashing character for Kris Marshall and that the show will continue to be as good as it has been. Fingers crossed that S3 of Death in Paradise makes it stateside in 2014, so we can see for ourselves.