BBC One’s Death In Paradise returns for a third series later this month but disaster is about to strike the people and police of the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Marie.
The series sees the arrival of a new detective, DI Humphrey Goodman, played by Kris Marshall, after the brutal murder of Ben Miller’s DI Richard Poole (Ben Miller).
The bumbling and accident-prone Goodman must work with the grieving Camille (Sara Martins), Fidel (Gary Carr) and Dwayne (Danny John-Jules) to identify Miller’s killer.
Discussing his character’s demise, Miller says he was “shocked when I first read the script, but then found the scenario very comical.
“I loved the fact he was dispatched with an ice pick, I thought that was really poetic and quite funny. It was very bold, imaginative and a really great end to Richard Poole.”
The actor will be supporting the investigation into Poole’s death by hosting a whodunit Twitter competition.
He says: “You have to put the correct name of the murderer; you also need to have means, motive and opportunity, followed by #whodunit. This time I have a dog in that fight so let’s see if we can catch the guilty party!”
Marshall says he found joining the cast “daunting” because “I have never joined an existing show and cast before and as it’s such a popular show, you don’t want to mess it up.”
He says he felt “honoured and humbled” to be cast in one of the BBC’s most popular shows and “wanted to assimilate myself but still keep the series familiar to viewers.”
“Of course, it’s set in the same place, the other cast members are still the same, so not much has changed, but I want people to like it as much as they did before.”
Marshall and the series regulars will be joined by a host of top name guest starts including Michelle Ryan, Helen Baxendale and, Peter Davison.
9pm, January 14th on BBC One and BBC One HD.