The CSL household has not watched a broadcast TV show in several years, ever since we bumped our internet connection up to DSL and discovered streaming video. That’s not to say that we don’t watch network shows; we are addicted to ABC’s Castle and the different Marvel series, such as Shield and Agent Carter. But for us, Netflix has been a mine of previously unknown programs that AREN’T deemed network-worthy. (Of course, given NBC’s dismal line-up over the past few years, maybe they should look to poach a few Netflix programmers.
We have become quite the Anglophiles, when it comes to programs that we like, but one we recently discovered broke even that mold. Death In Paradise is a joint UK-French production that is wonderfully different. Rather than set in the gritty streets of LA, or the gritty streets of New York or the gritty streets of London, it’s set in the gritty streets of Guadaloupe. (Okay, that’s definitely tongue in cheek.) Yes, it is filmed on the beautiful tropical island of Guadaloupe, hardly “gritty.”
Strait-laced British police inspector Richard Poole, who loves his up-tight life-style in England, is sent to the tropical Caribbean island of Honore to investigate the murder of the local policeman, and ends up permanently assigned to the island. HIs misery of suffering through tropical heat is compouned by not being able to find a proper cup of tea. Come to Death In Paradise for the murder mysteries, stay for Ben Miller’s wonderful portrayal of the stereotypically inhibited Englishman and revel in the Caribbean island accents of the rest of the cast.
Death in Paradise is a popular series, having been renewed through the current year. Here is the BBC trailer for series one: