Death in Paradise boss speaks out on Ben Miller returning again ‘The show moves on’

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For the tenth series of Death in Paradise, BBC bosses had several surprises in store for fans to celebrate the decade anniversary. One of them was the return of DI Richard Poole (played by Ben Miller), who was brutally murdered at a Cambridge University reunion in episode one of season three. As a result, he was succeeded by DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall). But, in the most recent series, DI Poole made a comeback in a very unusual form and Executive Producer Tim Key has spoken out about the decision to see the character walk the sandy shores of Saint Marie once more and why he won’t ever walk them again. 

As for how DI Poole appeared in the latest series, he was a figment of DS Camille Bordey’s (Sara Martins) imagination. 

Camille had arrived back in the Caribbean to visit her mother, who had been hospitalised after being attacked by a masked assailant. 

She took a quiet moment of the beach when DI Poole walked across the sandy shore. 

He offered her words of encouragement and support before leaving her a few minutes later. 

Tim Key spoke out about this scene alongside Death in Paradise’s creator Robert Thorogood who explained how they managed to bring DI Poole back to the show. 

“I think it’s a really lovely moment,” Tim previously said. “It does respect the past.

“It’s lovely to see them together again. But I don’t think it outstays its welcome. 

“It’s a moment in an episode. It’s a really sweet moment. And then the episode moves on – as does the show,” he added. 

The pair explained how it took them a while to work out what the best way was to bring DI Poole back. 

One idea was going to be through a series of flashbacks, but they eventually settled on the fan-favourite being a ghost who is “just in [Camille’s] head”. 

Robert added: “It’s magical… he’s there, and then he’s not there. 

“As Tim says, of course he’s not a ghost, because ghosts aren’t real, so you have to try and address that. But we deliver all of the joy that a ghost might be able to give you.”

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Obviously, with the ongoing pandemic, filming was difficult and the producers thought they were going to have to cut some scenes out due to the restrictions. 

However, Tim said: “All of us were determined to try to make it happen. And so was Ben. 

“I thought Ben might just go, ‘Nah, it’s too much. I can’t do it.’ But Ben really wanted to do it. He was so up for it,” Digital Spy published. 

It comes after the actor who plays Richard spoke out about his scenes with Sara. 

I loved all my scenes with Sara, I just think she’s just such a fantastic actress,” he explained. 

“I’m a huge fan of French comedy, the French play comedy in a slightly different way than we do, they play it with a sort of realism that we don’t necessarily often do ourselves. 

“I love that style of playing and it’s brilliant fun working with Sara. It felt very natural right from the very beginning.” 

Death in Paradise season one to 10 are available to watch on the BBC iPlayer now. 

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