Death in Paradise (2011– )
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A prisoner escort aboard a ferry goes horribly wrong when the man is stabbed to death while handcuffed to Poole, leaving the detective humiliated and determined to find the killer.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Ben Miller ... DI Richard Poole
Colin Salmon ... Vincent Carter
Jeff Alexander Jeff Alexander ... Leon Hamilton
Sarah Smart ... Suzie Park
Lee Boardman ... Samuel King
Sara Martins ... DS Camille Bordey
Gary Carr ... Officer Fidel Best
Danny John-Jules ... Officer Dwayne Myers
Don Warrington ... Commissioner Selwyn Patterson
Alistair Petrie ... Gordon Foster
Sophie Winkleman ... Ann Hamilton
Elizabeth Bourgine ... Catherine Bordey
Jeany Spark ... Emilie Saunders


Prisoner Leon Hamilton is being escorted by ferry to Sainte Marie when he is stabbed to death, an embarrassment to Poole, who was hand-cuffed to him at the time. Hamilton was convicted of a holiday home scam and two of the passengers on the ferry, whodunnit fan and grand-daughter of investors, Suzie Park, and thuggish Sam King, an associate of another victim Gordon Foster, whose wife left him after his ruination, would seem to be likely suspects - until Poole uncovers a cunning identity swap. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Alibi [United Kingdom]


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Release Date:

22 November 2011 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Actresses Sarah Smart and Jeany Spark both starred in Wallander (2008). See more »


Camille takes a call that Leon Hamilton's wife is flying in from Guadeloupe to formally identify the body, which has already gone through autopsy, but in the very first episode it is explained to DI Poole that bodies (and evidence) would be shipped from Honore to Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe, which has bigger forensic facilities. See more »


DI Richard Poole: So we got a man murdered in broad daylight while handcuffed to a police officer, just over a thousand suspects, and it's a hundred degrees... Marvellous!
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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Performed by A Birthday Card, Poole's Parents, Gary Carr, Danny John-Jules and Sara Martins
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Quality episode from Series 1
23 April 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Death in Paradise is, by many, including myself seen as light fluffy viewing, something not to be taken too seriously, but every now and then an episode comes along and totally blows you away. This was such an episode, the humour was measured, aiding the story, not just silliness for no sake, but the story itself is a cracker, clever, unexpected and brilliantly played out. I enjoyed Poole's birthday awkwardness, his discomfort at being centre of attention was well played out. A great guest cast too, Colin Salmon, Sarah Smart, and of course the wonderful Lee Boardman, who was brilliant in this.

Loved this one, intelligent plot, great cast.

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