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Filming of the series “Death in Paradise” in Deshaies

A story based on true events

The Woolmer affair largely inspired Robert Thorogood for the creation of Death in Paradise. Bob Woolmer was a famous English cricketer before becoming a coach. In 2004 he took the reins of the Pakistan cricket team, winning a string of victories.

During the 2007 World Cup in Jamaica, the Pakistani team failed in the first round to everyone's surprise. The day after the defeat, Bob Woolmer is found dead in his hotel room under mysterious circumstances. An investigation is then opened.

At first, the Jamaican Police are taking care of this case. However, Bob Woolmer being English, the British police send an inspector to the Caribbean to take over the case.

This story is the starting point of the series creation process for Robert Thorogood. Death in Paradise tells the story of an inspector sent to the (fictional) island of Sainte Marie in the Caribbean to investigate the death of a colleague who worked there. He will finally be killed during season 3 and a new inspector will be sent to lead the investigation.

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Never-ending

The series currently has eleven seasons, the twelfth has been filming in 2022.

Drawing his inspiration from Agatha Christie or his contemporary "Inspector Barnaby", Robert Thorogood has developed a detective series that works wonderfully. Each episode begins with a murder, which resolves as the episode progresses.

Death in Paradise stands out thanks to its cast, there is no irreplaceable hero or major figure in the series. The first roles saw several actors and actresses replace themselves successively, allowing a constant renewal. The strength of the series is the duo between the chief inspector and the sergeant, bringing a touch of humor and interesting dialogues.

The TV show receives rave reviews, it is also rated 3.9/5 on AlloCiné as well as 6.2 on SensCritique.

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Deshaies, a cult filming location

This Franco-British series is filmed in Guadeloupe, more specifically in the town of Deshaies in Basse-Terre. Filming takes place from April to August each year, employing more than 400 Guadeloupeans and generating 4.5 million euros per year in expenditure on the Island.

As seen above, Robert Thorogood won the "En route to France" trophy in 2012 for this series. This trophy was set up by the National Film Commission in 2011 to reward foreign artists who came to film in France. It is a way of highlighting the collaborations between foreign and French teams, thus allowing the influence of the French territory on a global scale.

This series highlights the beauty of the landscapes of Guadeloupe, a museum has also opened its doors in Deshaies for fans of the series. The police station with the sets from the series is thus accessible, but also the inspector's house or the botanical garden. Attracting fans and tourists alike, Death in Paradise has become a major cultural asset for Guadeloupe.

Visit the town of Deshaies in Guadeloupe

To get around easily during your stay and in particular to visit Deshaies, consider reserving a rental vehicle in Guadeloupe. Our Deshaies agency offers a whole range of rental cars : from small vehicles to SUV models, you will inevitably find what suits you best.

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