Death in Paradise: DI Richard Poole star explains why he had to quit BBC show

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Death in Paradise viewers have seen several members of the Saint Marie police force come and go over the years including the show’s first lead detective Richard Poole (played by Ben Miller). At the beginning of series three, Richard was murdered and the BBC actor has explained why he felt it was best he quit the show for good.

The grumpy detective was assigned to the island to investigate the previous inspector’s murder.

Richard was then murdered at an on-island reunion of Cambridge university classmates by Helen Reid when he threatened to expose her identity theft. 

Death in Paradise viewers were sad to see him go but actor Ben explained why he thought it was time to quit. 

He said: “It was a great ending, it’s funny, it’s hard to move on from shows especially when they’re really good and they do really well.

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“But I think it’s one of those things that you have to do for the show as much as for you. 

“I did feel that leaving would give the show the best chance of continuing to flourish. 

“Then you watch the show and you think, ‘God, it really looks like fun out there.'” 

Discussing his exit, Ben added: “The thing is, it’s not nice to be murdered! 

“However you feel about the story, being murdered on screen is not pleasant.

“I’ve been murdered a couple of times in things. It’s spooky!”

“People treat you in a weird way if you’re being murdered in something.”

“People don’t want to hang out with you!” Ben revealed at EM-Con. 

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Richard was considered to be the first Death in Paradise detective but that was not the case.

The detective arrived on the island to investigate the death of DI Charlie Hulme (Hugo Speer) who was found murdered in a locked panic room.

He was then replaced by DI Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) who later resigned from his position to return to London. 

DI Jack Mooney (Ardal O’Hanlon) took over the role in series six but left the position vacant when he decided to return home with his daughter. 

In the most recent series, DI Neville Parker (Ralf Little) arrived on the island to solve a case before deciding to stay on. 

Neville struggled to adapt to life on the island as his numerous allergies made life in Saint Marie sometimes unbearable.

The detective decided to stay but spoilers have teased there will be trouble when Florence Cassell (Josephine Jobert) returns.

Death in Paradise season one to nine is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer now. 

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