Robert Thorogood, creator of Death In Paradise, on Series 6 and spin-off novels
Are you excited about the new series?
There are some fabulous murders this year. We’re always trying to challenge ourselves to come up with new and exciting ways to kill people – if that doesn’t seem too macabre.
How many episodes have you written?
I only wrote the London-based episodes, as we knew that they were going to be quite a challenge. After all these years of having a Brit abroad in the Caribbean, I couldn’t wait to show what it would be like bringing the Caribbean to London.
What has been the reaction to your novels featuring DI Richard Poole?
Fans of the show are generally thrilled to discover that Richard and Camille [ Bordey] get to live on in standalone novels. After all, we’re all used to Agatha Christie stories that sometimes feature Miss Marple – and sometimes Poirot – so I think it’s a bit like that. If you want to spend time with Humph and Florence, then there’s the ongoing TV show, and if you want some Richard and Camille, then there’s the ongoing series of books.
You worked with Broadchurch’s Olivia Colman early in your career. Could you get her to appear in the show?
From the first moment any of us saw Olivia on the stage, we knew that she was the best actor any of us had seen. She’s also one of the nicest people you could meet. We’d always love her to do an episode, but I think that she’s probably booked up for the next few years, sadly. The Killing Of Polly Carter is out now, Death Knocks Twice in May (both Mira).