'It can be ridiculous’ Death in Paradise’s Marlon Pryce star on challenges of filming


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Tahj is one of the newest recruits in Death in Paradise, working under DI Neville Parker (played by Ralf Little). He became an officer at the Honoré Police force in season 10 of the BBC comedy-drama and has already developed a good rapport with the team. The series is set on the fictional island of Saint Marie, and the cast has to travel to the French-Caribbean location of Guadeloupe, which Tahj admitted can be a “challenging” place.

“In the heat, every scene can be challenging,” he explained.

“It can be a scene that has three lines in it, but when we’re outside in the blazing sun it can be ridiculous.

“Then we can have a five-page scene in an air-conditioned room and it’s nice and easy.”

The actor added: “We had a chase scene in episode one that was quite long.

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“Before anyone reads this and goes ‘oh boo-hoo, poor you’, of course you could do it for two weeks, you could do it for four weeks, you could even do it for six weeks and be fine.

“But after you’ve been out here for five months, it’s tiring.”

The island is known on-screen for its beautiful beaches, sunny weather and an incredibly high crime rate.

Back in season three, the island was described to be “one-tenth of the size of its north-west neighbour Guadeloupe”.

Much of the filming of Honoré, the capital of Saint Marie, takes place in Deshaies which is on the northwest coasts of Basse-Terre.

Deshaies is what fans see in many of the aerial shot scenes with its colourful buildings and red-roofed churched.

In contrast to its fictional version, which is constantly filled with murder and crime, the area is in fact a quiet fishing spot.

Deshaies is also seen when there are moments at the harbour with people arriving and leaving the island.

Death in Paradise is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.


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