Death In Paradise – The (Tea) Drinking Game!

What better tribute to DI Richard Poole than to sip some English Breakfast as you watch?

Richard Poole (Ben Miller) drinks from a small teacup.
Photo: BBC/Red Planet

The tenth series of Death In Paradise kicked off last week! With the news that BBC One’s surprisingly popular murder mystery has been renewed for a further two series, what better time to present my masterpiece*? After watching all 72 episodes over two lockdowns, I humbly offer you the fruits of my labour: The Death In Paradise Drinking Game.

Take a sip of rum, ice cold beer, or, let’s be honest, decaf tea – it’s a Thursday night in January – when the following occur:

  • Harry appears!
  • You realise where you recognise a guest star from
  • The inspector thinks it’s a murder, actually
  • A suspect or witness is spotted at Catherine’s Bar
  • The sergeant rolls her eyes at the inspector
  • “Well, how could I have done that, I was [insert elaborate alibi]?”
  • There is an eccentric informant
  • “Yes! I wanted to kill them! But… I didn’t.” 
  • Someone doesn’t see what that has to do with anything
  • A witness needs to be reminded that, actually, it’s a murder investigation
  • “That’s not a crime, is it?”
  • The Commissioner mentions that someone influential is upset
  • The inspector commits an obvious microaggression relating to food or weather or culture or anything really
  • It turns out that those strangers are actually long-lost family members
  • Badly-photoshopped pictures are found
  • Someone overhears an argument but cannot give any specifics whatsoever
  • Someone overhears an argument and can tell us one very specific and incriminating fact
  • “This was supposed to be the perfect murder.”

Down your mug when the four – it is always four, except on those exciting occasions when it’s three or five – suspects are gathered for the big reveal!

Got a suggestion? Let us know below!

*Created in collaboration with my mother, who joined me on this DiP journey, and my sister, who made us watch it in the first place.

Author: Jodie Manning

Hello! My pronouns are she/her and I am an enthusiastic opinion-haver, mostly-amateur writer, once-published poet, and the person who makes 99% of the Taylor Swift references on The Phase. You can find me not on Twitter at @JodieKate and occasionally writing on Medium and jodiekate.com.

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