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Death In Paradise

a case study
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lucas pearce

on 21 January 2013

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TV crime dramas are different from most programmes. Nearly every crime drama will focus on the protagonist and will also feature the antagonist as one of the main characters. The main theme of this type of programme is crime (obviously), but mystery is another theme used that does not often appear in the majority of genres, and that is what makes crime dramas different. A typical episode of a crime drama will feature a detective of some sorts or a police operative that has to solve a crime where the criminal is anonymous. The protagonist (usually the detective) is always represented as someone who the audience will look up to. This leads to crime dramas with different sorts of people starring as the protagonist, being aimed at different audience members, for example, a crime drama like Scott and Bailey, who the protagonists are middle-aged women, will be aimed at that audience group, so they have someone to look up to. Most crime dramas end their episodes with the protagonist catching the antagonist, but some may drag it out or focus on one particular crime over a series of episodes. Conventions of TV crime dramas Death In Paradise-
A Case Study This is a case study of the BBC1 crime drama: Death In Paradise. It is shown once a week at nine 'o' clock in hour-long installments. It has aired one whole season, with the second one being aired at present time. The programme made number ten in terms of viewing, with approximately 6,784 views. Death In Paradise's main character is: DI Richard Poole, suit and tie clad, british detective, solving crimes in the sea and sand of the Caribbean island Sainte Marie, where he works with the local police force, which includes: Camille: a head strong cop, Fidel: a young, enthusiastic police officer and older officer Dwayne, he knows the island like the back of his hand. They work together to solve crimes on the island. This makes police procedural a sub genre of the programme. DI Richard Poole is the main character and is seen as the protagonist, like most crime dramas, he is at a disadvantage throughout the series; as he has been moved into an unfamiliar and for him, an uncomfortable setting. In most crime dramas, the protagonist will usually have certain flaws or negative aspects to their personality, this is done to make the character more believable and sets him at a disadvantage. The setting for this crime drama isn't the one you would expect from a typical crime drama, in Death In Paradise, the setting and the protagonist work well together and contrast each other. It also really helps make the programme stand out and also makes it more interesting to watch as it strays away from the stereotypical image of modern crime dramas. The setting, you could argue, also makes the drama somewhat comical in places, as Richard is seen constantly battling the beautiful surroundings of the Caribbean island, and purposely not fitting-in with locals. Representation of DI Richard Poole in
Death In Paradise TV Crime Drama Death In Paradise
A Case Study DI Richard Poole (as you should know by now) is the protagonist of Death In Paradise and is represented in certain ways. For a start, he's white and british, this is very stereotypical for crime dramas to have the main detective as being white, british and heterosexual. He is also surrounded by black characters, who fit in as locals on the Caribbean island whereas he seems to stick out like a sore thumb, being a stereotypical british gentleman. This clearly highlights the british audience's need to look up to a typical british character, even in a tropical setting, surrounded by native people. The fact that Richard is a man is also quite stereotypical, but the stereotype that men are more dominating and can do certain jobs, like DI, better than women, has been around for a long time and is shown in most genres. Until more recently, audiences have expected to see a male as the main character in crime dramas.
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