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Paris, July 19, 2013

On 22 July, France 2 debuts Death in Paradise, a series produced by Red Planet Pictures and Atlantique Productions (Lagardère Entertainment)

Death in Paradise (8 x 60 min.)
A series (8 x 60 min.) produced by Red Planet Pictures and Atlantique Productions (Lagardère Entertainment), in association with BBC Worldwide and Kudos Film and Television for BBC One and France Télévisions, with the regional support of Guadeloupe.

The story
Richard Poole is a talented British inspector who finds himself in the middle of a real nightmare. He's sent to a Caribbean island to investigate the murder of a police officer - the first time he's ever left London. While Sainte-Marie Island may be a small paradise redolent of fragrant breezes, Richard feels like a fish out of water. He loathes the tropical humidity, he's susceptible to sunburn and allergic to seafood, and the local police force lacks the technical resources he's used to - no experts, no high-tech lab and no fast cars. He can only rely on his intuition and the help of his team to resolve a multi-layered plot, where truth and falsehood are hard to tease apart and the witnesses themselves raise suspicion.

Cast and crew
• Created by Robert Thorogood
• Directed by Charlie Palmer, Roger Goldby, Alfred Lot and Paul Harrison
• Starring Ben Miller (Richard Poole), Sara Martine (Camille Bordey), Danny John-Jules (Dwayne Myers), Gary Carr (Fidel Best) and Elizabeth Bourgine (Catherine, Camille's mother)


Atlantique Productions
Created in 1982 and headed by Klaus Zimmerman and Olivier Bibas, Atlantique Productions produces prestigious TV dramas and comedies for a worldwide audience. Atlantique aims to provide content of high artistic value, with consistent, well-conceived programmes that, like those from America, will interest today's rapidly changing global marketplace. These productions benefit from large budgets as well as European and international financing. In addition, they employ the most talented European writers, directors and actors, and, when necessary, their counterparts from North America. Atlantique Productions is a European company with global reach, whose recent productions include:

  • Borgia (24 x 52 min.) written by Tom Fontana, one of America's top screenwriters (Oz, Homicide) and directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, The Experiment), Dearbhla Walsh (The Tudors), Metin Hüssein (Merlin) and Christoph Schrewe (The Conclave). A coproduction with EOS Entertainment in Germany and Canal+ in France, in association with Etic Films in the Czech Republic and with the participation of ZDF, ORF and Sky Italia.
  • Transporter: The Series (12 x 44 min.), adapted from Luc Besson's film franchise. A French-Canadian coproduction with QVF Inc. in association with M6 (France), RTL (Germany), HBO/Cinemax (USA), Movie Central and The Movie Network (Canada).
  • Death in Paradise (8 x 60 min.), a coproduction with Red Planet Pictures (UK) in association with BBC Worldwide and Kudos Film and TV for BBC One (UK) and France Télévisions (France).