41. Death In Paradise (part 1) with Robert Thorogood, author of The Marlow Murder Club: In this episode of We'd Like A Word, recorded in front of a live audience at Wycombe Arts Centre in support of Wycombe Food Hub (& the Arts Centre), presenters Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan hear from Robert Thorogood about how he created the long-running very popular BBC and international TV series, Death In Paradise, and about his new cosy crime novel, The Marlow Murder Club. In a refreshing change, Paul and Steve's efforts at pinning Robert down are greatly enhanced by unscripted questions from the audience - some of whom have come to this High Wycombe recording from as far away as Bedford and Sheffield.
If you want to know what goes on behind the scenes in creating and filming Death In Paradise, about its roots in Midsomer Murders, about who has been the best detective so far, and what the locals in Guadeloupe think about it - have a listen. The audience taking part in this podcast really know their stuff - some of them have even been to the real Catherine's Bar on location. We investigate the greatest scandal of Death In Paradise - yes, the change in the theme tune. And some of us have a wee dance to the original version. (Some of us = Paul.) Yes, we also had the bar open during the recording.
Robert also talks about the wisdom (or otherwise) of setting a murder mystery in the town where he lives - and how it opened him to blackmail from the postman. By the way, we all loved The Marlow Murder Club. You should read it.
And we also hear from Mark Page, photographer extraordinaire, who is running the Wycombe Food Hub, a wonderful project that is helping people who don't earn much to feed their families, with dignity - and also saving huge amounts of food from being wasted by supermarkets and dumped in landfill. Its a great initiative, for which there is sadly much need. Everyone who bought tickets for the recording of this episode of We'd Like Word has helped to fund Wycombe Food Hub. Good for you!
Thanks to our fabulous live audience. Thanks also to our great venue - Wycombe Arts Centre. It's a gem, with highly competent staff and a warm welcome. And thank you to the film crew who also recorded the event, led by award-winning film producer Melanie Perry. We'll let you know on social media when it's ready to watch.
We'd Like A Word is a podcast & radio show from authors Paul Waters & Stevyn Colgan. We talk with writers, readers, editors, agents, celebrities, talkers, poets, publishers, booksellers, audiobook creators about books - fiction & non-fiction. We go out on various radio & podcast platforms. Our website is http://www.wedlikeaword.com for information on Paul & Steve & our guests. We're also on Twitter @wedlikeaword & Facebook @wedlikeaword & our email is firstname.lastname@example.org Yes, we are embarrassed by the missing apostrophes. We like to hear from you - questions, thoughts, ideas, guest or book suggestions. Perhaps you'd like to come on We'd Like A Word to chat, review or read out passages from books. And if you're still stuck for something to read, may we recommend Blackwatertown by Paul Waters or Cockerings (the new comic classic, just out) by Stevyn Colgan.
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