The quintessentially English detective Richard Poole returns to BBC One with his investigative team to solve more murder mysteries on the idyllic Caribbean island of Sainte-Marie in a brand new series of Death In Paradise.
Tuesday 8 January 2013, 9pm
DI Poole’s learning to cope with the tropical climate and laid-back atmosphere of Sainte-Marie, but every day still presents a challenge for the traditional detective. When the owner of a former sugar plantation, Roger Seymour, is discovered with a machete in his back, Poole and his team have a seemingly impossible case to solve.
Despite countless suspects, the team struggle to pinpoint the murderer, as they all have seemingly cast iron alibis – and many were together when the murder took place. Was it a disgruntled worker with a grudge? Was Roger’s alcoholic ex-wife, Nicole in an alliance with his adopted nephew, Harry? Or does Roger’s new, and much younger, wife have something to hide?
The team soon realise that the history of the plantation is just as key to completing the puzzle, but with the island celebrating the festival of love, Erzulie, Sainte-Marie seems to be bringing out the unexpected in everyone – not least Richard and Camille…
Tuesday 15 January 2013, 9pm
When a young nun is found dead in her smoke-filled bedroom, DI Richard Poole and his team are soon on the scene.
What seems like a tragic accident caused by a lit cigarette soon turns into a murder investigation when Richard deduces that the nun didn’t smoke the cigarette that killed her. But with her room locked from the inside, how could anyone else from the convent have committed the crime?
There’s no shortage of suspects, including other nuns, a priest and the mother superior, as well as a mysterious ‘phantom nun’ who nobody can identify. Or could the case be connected to the holy spring on the grounds of the convent, which is being promoted by an unscrupulous PR man? Will Richard overcome his scepticism – as well as a seemingly irrational fear of nuns – to help the team get to the bottom of the perplexing case?
Tuesday 22 January 2013, 9pm
A body found floating in the pool of a luxury cosmetic clinic presents a complex case for DI Poole’s team.
Everything points to suicide – the victim was going through a difficult divorce and the team find an empty pill bottle in her room. But Richard is not content with this hypothesis. How could the victim have drowned herself? And why would she make a cup of the world’s most expensive tea yet only drink half of it? There is only one conclusion – Valerie Dupree was murdered.
The pressure is on, as the clinic is highly respected on the island and the chief surgeon is an old friend of Commissioner Patterson. With only 24 hours to get a result, it soon becomes clear that it’s not just the clinic’s guests who are keeping secrets – the staff seem far from straightforward too. Out on a limb and with the clock ticking, will Richard and his team solve the mystery of Valerie Dupree’s death?
Tuesday 29 January 2013, 9pm
DI Poole and the team are plunged into a mysterious plot of pirates and ancient myth when a treasure hunter is shot dead in the jungle.
On the island to track down the fabled buried treasure of the legendary pirate, Le Clerc, the seemingly harmless group of treasure hunters are shocked when geologist, Dr Ian Parks, is brutally killed in leader, Daniel Morgan’s, tent.
With the murder weapon a 300-year-old pistol and the entire group classed as suspects, the team have a lot of ground to cover. However, the situation takes an even more sinister turn when Dr Parks’ death triggers a chain of unfortunate and rather coincidental accidents that appear to be targeted at Daniel.
Has the mythical curse of Le Clerc becoming a reality, or is someone trying to stop Daniel getting to the legendary treasure?
Tuesday 5 February 2013, 9pm
Camille is devastated when her best friend, Aimee (played by Jamelia), a singer on a Caribbean party boat, collapses while on stage during a night of music and cocktails. Struggling to breathe, Aimee shockingly dies in Camille’s arms. It seems she has been poisoned.
As the rest of the team arrive on the scene, they start talking to staff and tourists on the boat, including entertainment boss, Stephen, cook Grant and fellow performer, Eloise. They quickly gather a fuller picture of the crime scene, piecing together photographs taken at the party.
As the murder case continues, the team struggle to find the source of poison, but when they stumble across the ‘gargling bottles’ that the singers use before performances, it seems they have found a lead. Meanwhile, Richard is trying his best to support an emotional Camille. However, sensitivity doesn’t seem to be DI Poole’s strong point…
Tuesday 12 February 2013, 9pm
When an English tourist is found dead in her luxury villa, strangled by her own scarf, the crime scene initially indicates a robbery gone wrong. However, shrewd Richard notes that the situation is eerily similar to a case he heard about back in London.
He becomes even more suspicious when former corrupt colleague, Doug Anderson (played by Neil Pearson), turns out to be the victim’s husband. Riled by his presence and convinced he murdered his wife, Richard is frustrated further when Doug’s alibi is watertight.
With Doug ruled out as a suspect, the team’s attention turns the villa’s owners, Will (played by Ralf Little), and Ronnie (played by James Murray) who are acting suspiciously, and the victim’s sister, Janice (played by Matilda Ziegler) who it turns out could also have a motive… However, Richard still can’t get past the idea that Doug is somehow involved. Are DI Poole’s personal feelings clouding his usually impeccable judgement?
Tuesday 19 February 2013, 9pm
As Hurricane Irma approaches Saint Marie, the islanders are battening down the hatches. However, while everyone else is taking cover, the team are called to the murder scene of a young meteorologist, Leo Downs.
The crime scene seems to have been staged to make Leo’s death appear like an accident caused in the hurricane. Plus, the plot thickens when it emerges that the victim had told the University Dean that he had something important to tell her, but was dead before he had the chance.
Leo’s colleagues all have potential motives for the murder, from his heartbroken ex-girlfriend to an academic rival, but all have data collected at the time of murder. Could one of the researchers be faking their figures? With the hurricane fast approaching, time is not on the team’s side. Will they uncover the vital evidence before the storm hits?
Tuesday 26 February 2013, 9pm
When a shot is fired at a charity fundraiser, host Malcolm Powell is found dead in his study.
Malcolm’s PA, Vicky is certain she knows who the culprit is – a mystery man named Jack Roberts who had an appointment with Malcolm and was seen arriving and then fleeing the scene of the crime. However, when Richard and his team pursue the suspect, they find his abandoned car nearby with no clues as to his whereabouts or motive for killing Malcolm.
A background check on Malcolm reveals that he and his wife, Jen, defrauded investors out of millions of pounds back in England. Could Jack Roberts be one of his victims? Or does his killer lie a little closer to home?
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