Well, that's that then. DI Richard Poole is no more, hastily replaced by Kris Marshall's Humphrey Goodman in a murderous start to the third series of Death in Paradise. Blink and you'd have missed it.
Now, we're all too aware of the high esteem in which Ben Miller's beloved character was held. His bumbling British ways and will-they, won't-they relationship with leggy Camille will no doubt be sorely missed, but was he given a fair send-off? And what did you lot make of his equally-bumbling successor? Will you be watching the rest of the series? Will Saint-Marie ever be quite the same? We asked you what you thought and you responded in droves. Here's what you had to say...
HOW COULD THEY DO THAT TO US? Richard was THE whole point to the show, and his friends barely looked disappointed by his death!! If you're going to kill off your main character you need to spend longer than half an hour writing his final episode. The BBC have really let me and fellow fans down......
I am shocked! But pleasantly surprised........ People need to respect the show not just the actor.... There will still be a sexual chemistry, however I feel they could have made the inhabitants and in particular the police show more passion and grieve more convincingly..... I have mourned dead insects for longer!
It was a shock to see Richard Poole killed off so precipitously. I felt really disappointed and a bit cheated because the fans hadn't been prepared for it. I can understand that the actor would want to move on but this episode did have a lurching feeling about it. Nevertheless the new DCI did a good job but it will take a while for the series to regain its previous subtlety.
Lazy, and a bit depressing, to kill off the main character in a 'feel good' programme. I'd rather Richard had been recalled to London, to his beloved pub and frosty fog. The reason DI Poole went to the island was to investigate the murder of the previous chief, and then he's murdered as well? If I were Humphrey Goodman I'd be hesitant about taking the job!
The main focus of the show was the antagonistic chemistry between the fish-out-of-water, tea drinking, suit wearing, eccentric Englishman and the laid back, sexy, more scantily clad Frenchwoman Camille. Without that it's just another Midsummer Murders, but in the tropics.
Aunty should have offered Ben Miller a bigger pile of treasure to stay on. It worked for NBC with Hugh Laurie!
I really liked Humphrey. I was very sad to hear DI Poole was leaving, and was shocked that he was out before the opening credits! I loved the will-they-won't-they thing that he had with Camille. But I thought the new detective was funny, was very gentle in his handling of the situation, and I was really glad to see that the lizard was still in the show! I think Kris Marshall did a great job, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Loved DI Poole and was absolutely horrified when I read that Ben Miller was leaving! But having watched this new start (and although still missing DI Poole's presence) am totally prepared to give Kris Marshall a chance to settle in and settle down - kind of like how Camille grew to love and fall in love with DI Poole after such a rocky start! :-) It will never be the same of course, but who knows? Roll on episode 2!
p.s. I forgot to add - I thought the scene when all the suspects were gathered in the villa and DI Goodman asks in all bafflement "why are they all here?" or words to that effect - utterly sublime! What a lovely tribute to DI Poole!
Although I will really miss Richard, I thought the episode and transfer of the mantle of Chief was done brilliantly. Humphrey is already clearly different to Poole, inept, tactful, appreciative of the surroundings, while being just as good a detective (well he does have the same rank, so that should be a given). I thought the emotional level was just right, Poole's team played it professionally, just as he would have wished (we don't all grieve by breaking down all over the place) and their distress was obvious, although like the emotions of Poole himself, beautifully understated. I didn't really want to see the murder of my beloved DI though and would have preferred that to have been omitted. Wish everyone would give Kris Marshall a chance, he's an excellent actor, always entertaining and I'm sure he'll make this character an integral part of this surprisingly addictive show.
Shock Horror... Ben Miller was my reason for watching and now he is no longer with his stiff upper lip, tea drinking, suit and tie, and impeccable Britishness despite the tropical heat! Replaced by some BT bimbling idiot.