|An Englishman abroad – DI Poole with Camille. Pics: BBC|
Writer and blogger Pat Nurse gets away from it all in the company of detective inspector Poole and the laid-back cops of St Marie
I'm a sucker for sunshine and living in England means that it's mostly felt by watching some sun-drenched paradise on TV – especially in the long, dark winter months. That is one reason why I love Death in Paradise, but the show has a lot more going for it than just its exotic location.
It is an old fashioned whodunit murder detective series with protagonist and the setting of the fictional Caribbean island of St Marie completely at odds.
Death in Paradise, Tuesdays, 9pm
|Kelly Adams stars in episode four|
Like Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise doesn't take itself too seriously. What makes it different is that it is fun. If Midsomer is a theatrical production, then Death in Paradise is more like stand-up comedy. It doesn't even try to compete with gritty dramas like The Killing and neither should it, or it would be cringeworthy.
Treasure hunter shot
And that's why I'll be looking forward to the next episode tonight that has Poole and the team plunging into a mysterious plot of pirates and ancient myth when a treasure hunter is shot dead in the jungle.
With the murder weapon a 300-year-old pistol and the entire group of treasure hunters classed as suspects, the team have a lot of ground to cover. However, the situation takes an even more sinister turn when the murder of geologist Dr Ian Parks triggers a chain of unfortunate and rather coincidental accidents.
Cast Ben Miller DI Richard Poole, Sara Martins Camille Bordey, Danny John-Jules Dwayne Myers, Gary Carr Fidel Best, Jonathan Cake Daniel Morgan, Kelly Adams Liz Curtis, Bryan Dick Benjamin Sammy, Rob Heanley Dr Ian Parks, Michael Brandon Joel Maurice, Chris Winchester Ben Turner