Death in Paradise: Why was Ben Miller not sad to leave Death in Paradise?

Death in Paradise first appeared on our small screens back in 2011 where DI Richard Poole (played by Ben Miller) was Saint Marie’s main man at the Honoré Police Station. However, Miller left the show in 2014 and his third replacement Ralf Little will be taking over in 2020. But looking back, why was Miller happy to pack his bags for good?

Why was Ben Miller not sad to leave Death in Paradise?

Miller, who most recently starred in ITV’s Sticks and Stones, left the comedy-drama series when his character was stabbed to death with an ice pick.

His murder itself was a mystery and so led to new DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) getting introduced and solving the case.

Following the initial investigation of his predecessor, Goodman decided to stay on and continued his work on Saint Marie.

This was until he left to go be with Martha (Sally Bretton) back in London.


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Speaking to the Metro about his decision to leave, Miller said: “The Death In Paradise cast turnover is so high.

“It has been amazing for me personally, but when it came out it got battered, it had the worst reviews of anything that I have ever been in.

“I wasn’t sad to leave, it was a great ride and I felt like it was a good time to leave.

“I was proud to have launched it and it’s amazing because it’s now all over the world.

“It is a comedy on some levels and that’s the reason it got such bad reviews from critics.”

He continued: “I think people were expecting Silent Witness and it’s pretty much the opposite.

“I think it didn’t take itself seriously and that’s one of the great things about it. ‘

“I think it’s underrated in the fact that it is a mystery show.

“People used to say to me ‘I guessed the murderer every week’ but they didn’t, no one ever guessed who it was.

“We also worked so hard on the tone and we would do a scene and it would be too funny, and then we’d do it again and it was more dramatic and then you’d just think if you’re going to have a bride being thrown off a balcony and landing on a harpoon – it can’t be that serious.”


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Following the departure of Miller’s replacement, Father Ted actor Ardol O’Hanlon took over but earlier this year, announced it was his time to go.

In a statement, he said: “I’ve spent the last four summers in Guadeloupe playing DI Jack Mooney (solving over 20 murder cases in my time there!)

“It’s been a hugely rewarding and unforgettable experience, working with incredibly talented actors, directors and crew while discovering a magical part of the world.

“However, it’s time to move on and explore other opportunities – preferably nearer the Arctic Circle.

“I’m confident that Death in Paradise will go from strength to strength and viewers will share my enthusiasm for Jack’s successor!”


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His replacement will be The Royale Family actor Ralf Little.

His character DI Neville Parker is going to be introduced in the upcoming series but when he will be joining the cast in season nine is still unknown.

So far, there have also been no clues about how Ardol’s DI Jack Mooney will make his exit.

Will the detective leave the island safely or will he see his bloody end much like DI Poole?

Death in Paradise will start on Thursday, January 9, at 9pm on BBC One.

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