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Death in Paradise boss reveals filming horror as boat got stranded for three weeks and was robbed by pirates

DEATH in Paradise's boss has revealed a filming horror after a boat became stranded for three weeks and was robbed by pirates.

The hit BBC drama has been filmed on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe since it began in 2011.

When production first set up on the island, there was little infrastructure so they had to have all of the equipment shipped over.

They even had their own electrical generator added to the shipping container, but ahead of filming series two, there was a major problem.

Executive producer Tim Key recalled: "The boat broke down in the middle of the Atlantic, and it sat still in the middle of the Atlantic for about three weeks.

"There was a tracker where you could see where the boat was, this huge shipping container, and it wasn’t moving. 

“The start of the shoot was approaching. And – it was the generator. It was cabling. It was lights. It was the dolly. I think there might have been a costume truck on it."

Even when the ship finally arrived in the Caribbean, the problems kept coming.

Tim told Radio Times: "And when it finally arrived – which was, I think, a week into the shoot, and we’d had to busk it for the first week – there was then a strike at the port in Guadeloupe, so the shipping container arrived, but we weren’t allowed to get on it to take anything off. 

"You could literally see the ship but you couldn’t get to it to take the stuff off. 

“And then when we did get on it to take the stuff off, somewhere in transit, someone had broken into it and stolen all the cabling. It was one thing after another."

Ben Miller was the show's lead detective at that time before being killed off in series three.

Kris Marshall took over until series six, when Ardal O'Hanlon came in and he then left midway through series nine, paving the way for Ralf Little who is the show's current detective.

Death in Paradise continues Thursday, February 18 at 9pm on BBC One.

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