Death In Paradise: Ben Miller discusses return of DI Poole
Ben Miller played the first-ever Detective Inspector on the island of Saint Marie in Death in Paradise. He played the role of DI Richard Poole from 2011 until 2014. Thankfully, Miller and the BBC have confirmed Richard Poole will make a surprise appearance on the island of Saint Marie in the new series. Considering Richard was killed off, fans are curious to know more about the circumstances of his return. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
How will Ben Miller return as DI Richard Poole?
DI Richard Poole faked his own death
DI Richard Poole was murdered in the season three premiere.
He had been attending a Cambridge University reunion and was murdered with an ice pick by a former college friend after he threatened to expose her identity theft.
Unlike his co-stars, DI Goodman (played by Kris Marshall) and DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon) whose exits from the show were left open-ended, DI Richard Poole met a different fate.
But perhaps there’s a chance he faked his own death and has been in hiding ever since.
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A reunion with Camille Bordey
Sara Martins is reprising her role as DS Camille Bordey for two episodes in Death in Paradise season 10.
Camille and Richard worked closely together in the first two seasons of the show, with Camille left devasted by Richard’s death.
As the two characters are linked, perhaps their storylines also could be.
Fans will have to wait until the new series airs to find out.
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A Flashback or dream sequence
The most likely way DI Richard Poole will return is in the form of a flashback or dream sequence.
With Camille on the island, perhaps she will reminisce about her time working on the island and think back fondly on her time spent with Richard.
An altnernative universe
An alternative universe may be a bit of a far-fetch for Death in Paradise but with three original cast members making surprise returns, nothing can be ruled out.
The alternative universe episode could play out what would have happened on the island of Saint Marie if Richard had not been killed.
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The Ghost/Zombie theory
Speaking to Steph McGovern on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, Miller joked: “It’s really simple. I’m coming back as a zombie.
“The icepick that killed me is still going to be embedded in my heart, just to remind everyone of just how I died.”
Some fans suspect Richard could return as a ghost, haunting Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington), who is the only current cast member who knew him from his time on the island.
Miller continued: “In all seriousness, I just loved the script that they wrote. I think it’s a really clever way of bringing my character, Richard Poole, back.
“I’m not going to give away exactly how they do it but I think you won’t be disappointed. It’s very sensitively and cleverly done and it is me.
DI Richard Poole returns as his twin
Miller also told McGovern he was a fan of some of the theories he could return as his twin brother.
He said: “Death in Paradise has a fantastic fan base and I’ve been looking at some of the theories of how it is going to work and some people say I’m going to come back as my own twin, which I quite like but I’m not.
“I’m not coming back as my own twin and I’m not coming back as a zombie.
“I am playing the character that I played in the show, Richard Poole.”
Why did Ben Miller leave Death in Paradise?
Ben Miller starred as DI Richard Poole throughout the first two seasons of Death in Paradise.
He played the character for 17 episodes, exiting the show during the first episode of season three.
Speaking to the Radio Times when he made the announcement back in 2013, Miller revealed that his “personal circumstances” meant he made the choice to leave the show behind.
He said: “It was the job of a lifetime, but logistically I just didn’t feel I could continue.
“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.
“During the second series, my son Sonny [from his previous marriage] was starting school – your first year of school is so important – and I did think about him coming over here but I’m divorced from his mum, and it wasn’t very practical.
“Then when I came back, I picked up my baby son Harrison and he started crying because he didn’t know who I was.
“My personal circumstances just made it too complicated, but I will miss it like a lung. I love it here.”
Miller was replaced by My Family’s Kris Marshall, who played the role of DI Humphrey Goodman.
Death in Paradise is streaming on the BBC iPlayer now
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