‘Mr. Murder in Paradise’, a British classic inspired by Agatha Christie’s mystery

‘Mr. Murder in Paradise’, a British classic inspired by Agatha Christie’s mystery
‘Mr. Murder in Paradise’, a British classic inspired by Agatha Christie’s mystery

‘Crime in Paradise’the British network series BBC which captures the spirit of Agatha Christie’s novels, has become one of the summer classics in Spain thanks to the channel Cosmo. The fiction, set in the paradise Saint Mary Islandproposes in each chapter the investigation of a murderwhose culprit ends up being revealed at a meeting attended by all the suspects, a typical technique of Hercules Poirot or Miss Marple. This is what will also happen at the premiere of the 13th third season of the series this Sunday, July 7 (10:30 p.m.) which, in addition, marks a round number, since it becomes the episode number 100 from this veteran police intrigue production.

In this chapter there is no corpse, but there is a bullet-wounded victim well known to the audience, since he is one of the regular characters in this series. ‘light crime‘: the commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington)The party celebrating his 50 years of service to the law will end with the head of the Caribbean island’s police force in hospital, after being shot.

The inspector Neville Parker (Ralf Little) and the sergeant Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson) They will take the reins of the investigation, helped by the agent Darlene Curtis (Ginny Holder) and the apprentice officer Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles)It will be the first case of a season in which the always efficient team will also face a murder during a bingo game in a retirement home, the death of a chef poisoned at the opening of a hotel, a crime related to the world of cryptocurrencies and the stabbing of a tourist.

The 13th season will also be the last to star Inspector Parker, still affected by the hard blow of love from last season. The return to the island of a familiar face will encourage him to change course and hand over the baton to a new detective, who will be played byr Don Gilet (‘Eastenders’), the first black actor who will star in the series, which has always been distinguished by the diversity of its cast. No wonder, since it is filmed on the island of Guadeloupe of the French Antilleswith a great multiculturalism.

First black protagonist

The new signing will debut in the upcoming Christmas special of this series which, in 2023, has been the second most watched in the United Kingdom, with 8.3 million viewers. These data have served to secure a 14th season and a second ‘spin off’ that will be set in Australia and will star a woman, ‘Return to Paradise’.

The first spin-off series of ‘Crime in Paradise’ was ‘Beyond Paradise’, whose two seasons are available on Cosmo On. The fiction is led by one of the detectives who passed through the original franchise, the absent-minded Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall), since the fiction has been varying its protagonist throughout its 13 seasons.

Detective relief

Thus, in addition to Little and Goodman, the British police officers who have led the Saint Marie investigators have been the rheurotic Richard Poole (Ben Miller) y Jack Mooney (Arda O’Hanlon). They have solved more than 100 crimes involving victims who have died after being shot, strangled, poisoned, beaten, electrocuted, drowned or stabbed. There was even one case of anaphylactic shock with a fatal outcome.

Of course, the series has never been gruesome, but rather has enhanced humorespecially through the contrast between the ‘British’ methods of the protagonists and the more relaxed customs of the islanders.

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