IS­LAND LIFE

Robert Thoro­good, cre­ator of Death In Paradise, on Se­ries 6 and spin-off nov­els

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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).

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