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Ben Miller leads new BBC drama

Ben Miller has landed a role as a detective in a new BBC TV drama set on a Caribbean island.

The star - best known for his work with comedy partner Alexander Armstrong - will head the cast in an eight-part series Death In Paradise.

The programme also marks a pioneering partnership with French broadcaster France Televisions, the first time the BBC has developed a drama with the state-owned company.

Ben - who has also appeared in ITV1's Primeval - will star alongside French actress Sara Martins, whose roles have included the film Tell No One.

The BBC One series follows a British Detective Inspector Richard Poole (Miller) who is posted to the Caribbean island of Sainte Marie - despite his hatred of sun, sea and sand.

His investigation of the murder of another policeman leads him to work with local Camille (Martins).

Ben said: "Death In Paradise is my dream job - a fascinating character, great scripts, superb cast and shooting in the Caribbean with French catering."

Executive producer Tony Jordan said: "Filmed in the Caribbean and starring Ben Miller alongside sexy French siren Sara Martins, I think our winters are about to get a little hotter."

The collaboration between the British and French broadcasters is taking place at all stages - including scriptwriting, casting and production.

Filming - which begins in Guadeloupe this month - will be done in English and it will be dubbed for the French audience.

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