Death in paradise Actor Ben Miller explained why the series did not live up to his initial expectations.
Recognized for playing DI Richard Poole in the first three rounds before returning for Round 10 earlier this year, Miller joined The only show yesterday (September 21) to promote his new children’s book, but also found time to look back on the early days of the BBC’s murder mystery.
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“When I started Death in paradise, Thread was very tall and I was a huge fan of it, and I honestly thought, ‘This is my breakthrough in serious acting,’ “he told presenters Alex Scott and Jermaine Jenas.
“I was like, ‘I got it right, I’m going to be in this really hard-hitting drama that’s set in the Caribbean.'”
The star, whose credits also include Primitive and Johnny English, laughed at a particularly heartbreaking scene that was destroyed by the presence of a dummy prop.
“I was having a cup of tea in the bay over there and I was supposed to watch a bride being pushed from the top floor of the building and then crash into the rocks below.
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“I saw this mannequin get thrown out the window and I was like, ‘Well that’s just the test, isn’t it? So in a minute you’re gonna do it right and get my appropriate reaction? ‘”
A member of the team apparently replied, “‘No, that’s it Ben, we’ve done it, we’re moving forward'”, while explaining that they didn’t want it to sound too realistic to the screen.
For a program called Death in paradise, is the public surely prepared for some blood and guts?
Death in paradise broadcast on BBC One.
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