Ben Miller says his exit from hit BBC One Caribbean murder-mystery series Death in Paradise at the end of series three was “weird and disturbing… It’s not pleasant to watch yourself being killed.”
Quizzed about which TV death he believed was the saddest, Miller said: “My own, when I was killed off as a detective in Death in Paradise. I was stabbed in the chest with an ice pick in a brutal murder at the start of season three.”
He continued: “Leaving a show is always emotional, and then you have to hang around the set like a ghost while people avoid catching your eye. Watching the episode at home, though, was weird and disturbing. It’s not pleasant to watch yourself being killed and lying dead on the ground.
“The image of me, caked in grey make-up with blue lips, blood dripping from my wounds, will forever be scorched on my mind.”
For many Death in Paradise fans, DI Poole remains their favourite detective on the fictional island of Saint Marie. Miller explained that he left “the job of a lifetime” for family reasons.
He told Radio Times in 2013: “I arrived out here for the first series and within a few weeks my wife, Jessica, discovered she was pregnant. That threw everything because it meant she couldn’t come and visit me for the six months I was out here.”
As well, his son, Sonny, didn’t recognise him when he returned at the end of season two.
“My personal circumstances just made it too complicated, but I will miss it like a lung. I love it here,” he said.
Miller was replaced in the Death in Paradise cast by Kris Marshall (DI Humphrey Goodman), who starred for four seasons until Ardal O’Hanlon (DI Jack Mooney) took over. Ralf Little (DI Neville Parker) is the current fish out of water sleuth in Death in Paradise.
Death in Paradise season 10 is likely to screen on BBC One early in the New Year.