DI Richard Poole, is to be murdered in a surprising opening twist to the first episode of the new series on BBC One.
Shocked fans will see that DI Poole, played by actor and comedian Ben Miller (Armstrong & Miller, The Duck House), has met his untimely end as a result of an ice pick to the chest and become the victim in the first episode’s murder investigation.
The BBC have confirmed that it will be the job of new lead detective, DI Humphrey Goodman, played by My Family and Love Actually actor, Kris Marshall, to solve the cryptic crime.
Described as rather dishevelled and disorganised, the new DI will arrive in the first episode of the new series to join series regulars DI Camille Bordey (Sara Martins), Sergeant Fidel Best (Gary Carr), Officer Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules) and Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington).
Discussing his departure from the series, Ben Miller says: “I have loved my time on this brilliant show, and am delighted that Richard Poole is going out with a bang, or to be precise, a sickening squelch. Despite his moaning, Richard loved his little corner of paradise and wasn’t about to go quietly, so joining the improbable crime statistics of Saint Marie really was the best option. Kris is one of our most talented actors and I have every faith that he will solve Richard’s murder.”
This video includes interviews with Kris Marshall, Helen Baxendale and Sophie Thompson
The new series of Death In Paradise starts on Tuesday 14 January at 9pm on BBC One