Death in Paradise
Tea Time Tidbit for the week of October 22, 2018
Death in Paradise, which took a week off, is back on Thursday night, October 25th. It’s the perfect series to warm up a chilly fall night.
Ardal O’Hanlon, who plays DI Jack Mooney is the third detective to grace the shores of the fictional Caribbean island of Saint Marie, having being preceded by actors Kris Marshall and Ben Miller. Both Marshall and Miller reportedly left the series as they were spending too much time away from their families, which both included young children who were at school in England. O’Hanlon and his wife, who he’s known since they were teenagers, also have children, but all three are in their mid to late teens, so hopefully they are able to do without their dad being around while he works on Death in Paradise.
The series, which is filmed on the French island of Guadeloupe, houses most of its regular cast, crew and guest stars at a local resort hotel, or for those with families who are able to tag along, in local villas. The hotel, along with its beach and bar, has actually appeared in several episodes of the show. One of the best things about using real locations for filming must be not having to dismantle the set. DI Goodman’s beach-front-shack, for instance, has to be taken down between shoots, so that the tide doesn’t wash it away.
The island’s police station is in reality a church hall, with the “incident room” being the priest’s office! The one thing the production crew can’t "fake" is the weather. It’s normally glorious, but in September of last year filming had to be suspended when the island got hit first by Hurricane Irma and then Hurricane Maria. Fortunately, Guadeloupe wasn’t too badly affected, but it shook up the actors on the show. Especially Tobi Bakare who plays JP Hooper. He recalled the experience in an interview.
“It was scary, it’s a scenario that I’ve never been involved in before so you kind of just have to do what you can to cope. Me, I’m a man of faith so I prayed. I just asked for God to guide me and also prayed for the neighboring islands as well.” You can see Death in Paradise Thursdays at 8pm on MPT.
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