Death in Par­adise

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 14 AUGUST -

Sea­son 6 BBC Brit (*120) 20:00 Ac­tion

It isn’t just mur­der mys­ter­ies tak­ing cen­tre stage in ac­tion series Death In Par­adise (2011-cur­rent). Per­sonal is­sues will pop up for the po­lice team on the Caribbean is­land of Saint Marie, lead­ing to an im­por­tant char­ac­ter say­ing good­bye mid-sea­son. “Things are shaken up this sea­son,” ad­mits ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Tim Key, “but we still have in­trigu­ing mur­ders and crimes driv­ing the show as well.”

Bum­bling de­tec­tive Humphrey Good­man (Kris Mar­shall, Nick Harper in the first five sea­sons of com­edy My Fam­ily 2000-2011) has led the series from day 1, which makes it all the more sad that it’s him swap­ping is­land life for London in episode 6 (18 Septem­ber). “We’ve seen a lot of Humphrey solv­ing crimes, we’ve seen a lot of Humphrey and his in­de­ci­sion,” laughs Kris. “What we haven’t seen is Humphrey in any re­la­tion­ship sce­nario un­til now.” Humphrey fol­lows love-in­ter­est Martha (Sally Bret­ton) to the UK in the two-part episode (start­ing on 11 Septem­ber) for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and Kris adds that “we’ll find he’s ac­tu­ally quite dash­ing and a bit of an old ro­man­tic at heart”. In real life, Kris wasn’t happy with be­ing away from his fam­ily for the six months a year it takes to film Death In Par­adise, so he quit the show – he was also heav­ily linked to take over as the new Doc­tor in cult sci-fi series Doc­tor Who (2005-cur­rent).

Step­ping in to fill Humphrey’s shoes is de­tec­tive Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Han­lon from Brit com­edy show Fa­ther Ted, 1995-1998). “Mooney is quite friendly, quite ge­nial,” says Ardal, “and I think he will bring quirk­i­ness to the is­land.” But he too doesn’t come without bag­gage – he’s re­cently wid­owed and has a 20year-old daugh­ter. “So that’s a whole dif­fer­ent dy­namic,” laughs Ardal.

De­tec­tive Humphrey (cen­tre) is out… …and De­tec­tive Mooney is in.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.