To think that the writers of "Death in Paradise" with Ben Miller

(44 Posts)
comelywenchlywoo Sun 10-Mar-13 09:03:03

Have lifted much of the concept from Rastamouse, (but made the crimes rather more serious obviously)?

Emilythornesbff Sun 10-Mar-13 09:04:53

I love death in paradise. Wish they would hurry up with new series.

Bibblebobbleparsnip Sun 10-Mar-13 09:05:19

Literally made me laugh out loud and my baby is giving you a round of applause! Absolutely think that is exactly what has happened. Less cheese theft though....

Bibblebobbleparsnip Sun 10-Mar-13 09:06:56

I do spend most of my time planning my holiday there (presuming I'm not caught up in a grizzly murder that is...)

comelywenchlywoo Sun 10-Mar-13 09:54:55

I love it too, although I get slightly annoyed that so many characters are Brits.

It looks like an amazing place doesn't it Bibble I'd love a holiday there (like you assuming neither I, nor those I love get killed - although if they did Richard would ensure that justice was done!)

Sugarice Sun 10-Mar-13 09:55:06

I love that show if only for the lovely scenery!

HerBigChance Sun 10-Mar-13 09:57:01

I think it's Scooby Doo for adults (myth of hidden treasure kept alive to keep tourists coming, etc)

It's also a terrific guilty pleasure of mine.

Eastpoint Sun 10-Mar-13 09:58:50

It reminds me of Bergerac, which I also enjoyed.

I've really enjoyed watching it during our miserable winter. An hour of sun & escapism a week.

HerBigChance Sun 10-Mar-13 10:01:05

Ooh I love Bergerac. It's great for spotting people who've gone on to do loads of other things too.

Plus the Channel Islands are lovely.

pluCaChange Sun 10-Mar-13 10:14:19

Too true, man!


The preponderance of Brits gets on my nerves, too! I suspect even Camille may be one, as her French accent is a bit dodgy at times.

I love the Dwayne-Fidel combo.

LetUsPrey Sun 10-Mar-13 10:24:42

I love this show so much!

Writers take note: you must slip in a cheese reference in the next series. It could be the quirky item that seems irrelevant but turns out to be a vital clue. grin

comelywenchlywoo Sun 10-Mar-13 10:41:05

Yes yes to the cheese being a vital clue - they've done one with tea, so cheese should absolutely be next!

I love Dwayne and Fidel too - I loved when Dwayne broke into the post office to get Fidel's results - so sweet.

I watched the first series, in secret, because I would never dare admit to anyone who knows me that I watch it. blush

It is (was) a secret pleasure, but not so much that I dared risk having it on the Sky Planner for anyone to see so I haven't watched the second series!

GrendelsMum Sun 10-Mar-13 14:07:16

No, the actress that plays Camille is very definitely French, and in fact she has that same almost unbelievable accent and the hand-waving when she's being interviewed about the part as well. It's very comic.

pluCaChange Sun 10-Mar-13 21:06:15

I don't understand why it's such a guilty pleasure: it's fun, and Ben Miller has such sarcastic credentials, from the Armstrong & Miller Show, that it shld be socially acceptable! Not like that ghastly Rosemary and Time - twee, twee, yawn! (they were missing Dwayne and Fidel!)

Thanks for that , GrendelsMum. I've now remembered that it was her cod-French pronunciation of "Vincent" (I think she even enunciated the "t") which made me particularly suspicious.

LetUsPrey Sun 10-Mar-13 21:24:21

I love the beginning before the credits: big, dramatic murder ... dum dum dummmmmmmm ...... and then it goes to the lovely Caribbean style theme tune!

Do you know what? I think I'm going to order series one on DVD. grin

sausagedogfan Sun 10-Mar-13 21:31:16

I love this show. We backpacked a few years ago and spent some time on some of the Central American caribbean islands. The scenery really really takes me back. That, and the laid back attitudes. At the dock of Caye Caulker in Belize, there's a mosaic on the ground that says "welcome to Caye Caulker. Relax"! grin

JustGiveMeFiveMinutes Sun 10-Mar-13 21:36:32

What's really great about Death In Paradise is that it was conceived as the result of an open competition for writers. It's so rare for opportunities like this to arise never mind that it's produced a huge hit show.

comelywenchlywoo Sun 10-Mar-13 22:36:13

I didn't realise it was written by competition writers (IYSWIM), it's not a guilty pleasure for me at all - I love it!

Will there be a series 3? Will Richard and Camille ever get it on? Do the writers watch cbeebies after-all? So many questions! Richard would know...........

pluCaChange Sun 10-Mar-13 22:50:53

I hope Richard and Camille don't get together. I thought she was in her 30s or late 20s at least, to have fitted in all her studies, but her school friendship with Murdered Amy indicates early 20s. Meanwhile, given his position and experience, he's got to be at least 40.

Her mother would probably push it, though: she has done a number on Camille's confidence, hasn't she? All those useless blind dates, because of course a woman mustn't be a spinster! Only a merry widow or divorcee? like Catherine!


Jux Sun 10-Mar-13 22:55:41

DD has very excitedly assured me there will be a series 3! She and I watched the first, but dh turned his nose up at it. He has since learnt the error of his ways, particularly as dd and I have told him he's very like the Ben Miller character. grin

Bobyan Mon 11-Mar-13 07:23:06

I wonder if there will be an orphanage in the next series?

wordfactory Mon 11-Mar-13 07:33:41

It is indeed written by someone brand new to telly. Although he had had lots of attempts before. This was his first actual production.

MyFace Mon 11-Mar-13 07:57:29

I loved death in paradise, made the winter less miserable. Didn't realise there was a series one! blush

comelywenchlywoo Mon 11-Mar-13 09:27:21

Yes maybe I like the idea of them getting together better than I'd actually like it. Then long may the unresolved sexual tension continue! Will Richard ever take off his suit??

GrendelsMum Mon 11-Mar-13 11:42:47

From time to time I like to imagine them 6 years in the future, solving inexplicable murders while hauling round a baby and a small child. (Camille clearly can't go on maternity leave as it would cut the Sainte Marie police force by 25%).

Things that provide endless discussion in the Grendel Household - is it more or less appropriate to wear a woolen suit or a pair of microshorts and a strappy top while interviewing suspects in the Caribbean?

Emilythornesbff Mon 11-Mar-13 13:13:14

Worryingly, I also find Richard very attractive.

LetUsPrey Mon 11-Mar-13 13:18:26

Thank goodness for that Emilythornesbff - I thought it was just me! The character has definitely become attractive (if that makes sense - couldn't think of how to express it).

I don't think I want them to get together. Not yet anyway grin

Emilythornesbff Mon 11-Mar-13 13:24:07

Yes that makes sense grin

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 11-Mar-13 13:24:20

DH and I didn't watch the first series, but we've seen all of this second one. It has been the viewing highlight of the winter IMO.

Gentle, amusing, clever - and interesting dialogue without there being too much talking, can't think of a better way to explain it than that.

comley - we also think of Rastamouse when we watch it, the Polic Commissioner is President Wednesleydale! grin

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 11-Mar-13 13:24:52

And yes I really fancy Richard too - I haven't dared mention that to DH yet, he would think I had gone mad.

pluCaChange Mon 11-Mar-13 18:16:05

Of course Richard takes off his suit! He's got a lively pair of pale blue striped jammies! grin

<Disclaimer: I don't quite fancy him, even though I understand why some of you do! Repressed men can be just adorable!>

pluCaChange Mon 11-Mar-13 18:17:43

Oops! A lovely pair of jammies, of course! No bedtime liveliness for Repressed Richard!

comelywenchlywoo Mon 11-Mar-13 20:28:21

Grendels YES!!! I'm always torn as to whether her dress is completely inappropriate for the work environment, or if I'm getting old and fuddy-duddy, and that is what a Police Officer in the Caribbean wears. Sometimes I think it's ok - others I think she looks like she's going clubbing!

Alibabaa The Police Commissioner is sooo President Wensleydale! They even look alike!

GrendelsMum Mon 11-Mar-13 20:36:00

At one point DH and I wondered whether Camille was working undercover as a tourist - every week.

Kiriwawa Mon 11-Mar-13 20:42:05

I always thought that I hated Richard for being really annoying and uptight. And then I cried when he came back at the end of the last episode blush

Kiriwawa Mon 11-Mar-13 20:42:45

And it is sheer genius to think it is based on Rastamouse grin

pluCaChange Mon 11-Mar-13 20:45:43

I thought C started out undercover (and had to snog Rupert Graves), so the clothes may be a hangover from that... ? Or she thought: I'm damned if I'm going back into uniform.

Was 't she drafted from the Paris Surete for that undercover gig? Then ol' Selwyn sleydale drafted her at the same time as Richard, or a little befire, on the grounds that sge was a local girl and the police had just lost their inspector and Crooked (Leonora) Critchlow?

GrendelsMum Mon 11-Mar-13 20:49:08

I'm also genuinely concerned about the lack of career progression for Sainte Marie-born and trained officers. What's the point in Fidel becoming a sergeant if they import people from Scotland Yard and the Surete whenever they feel like it?

Allthingspretty Mon 11-Mar-13 20:51:15

Its a french/ english production. I still have the last episode to watch. Its also a programmme i wouldnt admit to watching

MyFace Tue 12-Mar-13 06:18:01

Series one located, my extended-winter-viewing has been sorted!

sydlexic Tue 12-Mar-13 07:03:45

I knew there was a series one, as that was series two. My powers of deduction are as amazing as theirs.

It did make me laugh but could not decide if it was a spoof or serious but I have never seen Rastamouse.

comelywenchlywoo Tue 12-Mar-13 08:41:33

Well sydlexic Rastamouse is a lot like Death in Paradise, except they are mice who solve more petty crimes, whilst on roller skates. They also play reggae when the work is through rather than going for a beer at Catherine's Bar.

Apart from that, there's no difference at all wink

pluCaChange Tue 12-Mar-13 10:06:04

GrendelsMum, poor Fidel can't even sleep with the boss to be promoted!!

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