Considering the main character, DI Richard Poole, played by comedian, Ben Miller, is a coerced transplant from the London police force, one assumes that at least through the last century or so of its existence Saint Marie, like St. Lucia, has been a British possession.
However! the lingering panoramic scenes of beaches and sky at all different times of day and night are luscious -- it's porn for we winter-frozen northern hemispherites.* The characters tend to be as gorgeous as the scenery, particularly the French-Portuguese actress, Sara Martins, who plays Detective Sergeant
|Camille's mother, Catherine. From France, she married a Saint Marie native, who subsequent to Camille's birth disappeared. She owns the de rigueur bar-restaurant in Honoré that any self-respecting Caribbean policier must have as the center of information.|
Camille Bordey. Part of the fun is seeing which color combination of cut-offs, leggings and matching tops she will wear in each episode: coral, mango, aquamarine, turquoise, lemon. There's a succession of male extras and minor characters who are equally easy on the eyes as DS Bordey.
Among all these lovely people, the aged-out, poor man's Hugh Grant-mannerism afflicted DI Poole is so out of place. Not only is he socially maladjusted -- the
|Harry the lizard, who lived in the beach shack before DI Poole, and presumably will still be inhabiting it when Poole is gone . . . .|
Death in Paradise is pretty, warm, charming and provides the pure escape that Caribbean resort bubbles that protect the tourist from the real island always promise, and for only pennies instead of thousands of dollars.
The soundtrack is mostly reggae and ska. The location shots are mostly Guadeloupe.
DI Poole is no longer on Saint Marie in seasons 3 and 4.
In Season 3 Kris Marshall is the new guy -- who played that unbearably stupid character in Love Actually (2003) who goes to America and gets shagged without charge by numerous Milwaukee prostitutes -- one of whom is Betty Draper, i.e. played by January Jones.
Season 3 ran in the UK in 2014. Season 4 is either currently showing or has just concluded. I'll probably watch them in the next two winters, just as I watched season one last winter, and season two in this one.
* That was the appeal of Glades too -- winter escape watching.