Death In Paradise is in for a major shakeup, as Ben Miller is set to be leave the show at some point in the third season and be replaced by Kris Marshall.
While it’s not been disclosed how or when Miller’s suit wearing detective DI Poole will leave the show, we do know that his place will be taken by a new DI in the form of Marshall’s Humphrey Goodman, a disorganised and gawky detective in need of a fresh start.
Marshall, who will join the rest of the series regulars including Sara Martins and Danny John-Jules said “I am thrilled to be joining Death in Paradise and finding out a bit more about what makes Humphrey tick. Six months filming on a tropical island with an amazing cast and glorious sunshine? What isn’t there to love! I might even get myself a parrot!”
The departing lead Ben Miller said “I have absolutely loved my time on Death in Paradise and am sad to be leaving such a successful show, however DI Poole has made no secret of his struggle with the Caribbean heat, so I felt now was a good time to put him out of his misery! I know Kris will do a superb job and I’m delighted to be handing over the detective baton to him.”
Belinda Campbell, the executive producer at Red Planet Pictures said “Ben Miller is an excellent actor and has played the part of DI Richard Poole magnificently for two series, and we’re very sad to be saying goodbye. However we’re thrilled to be welcoming Kris Marshall on board who we know will be brilliant in the role of Humphrey. He will bring with him dishevelled charm, sparkle, quick wit, and a razor-sharp intelligence in solving crimes.”
The show has been a massive success for the BBC, regularly pulling in just below eight million viewers a week. The BBC One executives will just be hoping that they don’t walk off with Miller into the sunset.