Death in Paradise: Marlon Pryce star opens up on ‘tiring’ days ‘The energy can drop’

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On Death in Paradise, the Caribbean locale of Saint-Marie is a paradise island in which Detective Inspector Neville Parker (played by Ralf Little) and his trusted team of Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles), Sergeant Naomi Thomas (Shantol Jackson) and Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (Don Warrington) live and work. Although perhaps to some, their job may seem idyllic, actor Tahj has admitted it’s quite the opposite. 

In a recent interview, the TV star revealed what he had learned whilst filming for the show’s 11th season.

Tahj claimed: “Filming for six months in any country is a lot, but the heat plays a part. 

“Especially in the police station. We have lots of scenes where we’re relaying lots of information which the audience needs to understand.”

Having to re-shoot scenes in the same location can also cause the actors to burn out.

He explained: “Doing three of those scenes a day in the heat, the energy can drop, it can get really tiring.”

But now, Tahj has learned how to deal with the scorching temperatures and revealed it does take preparation in order to do so.  

He told the BBC: “So, the main thing I learned was preserving your energy, whether it’s not going out at the weekend or making sure you’re prepared the night before.”

Before Officer Thomas, Marlon was the newest member of the squad after he had been brought onto the team through a reform program for small-time criminals.

The young time offender was first introduced to BBC audiences whilst he scammed tourists but was caught and detained by Sergeant JP Hooper (Tobi Bakare).

Commissioner Selwyn had asked JP to take Marlon under his wing but the police officer wasn’t very impressed with his latest recruit.

Since taking up a new career as an Officer, Marlon has won the nation over with his regular appearances in season 11. 

Speaking about his character’s development throughout the series, Tahj gushed: “I think Marlon is at a place in his life where he has a bit of stability.”

He told the Radio Times during a Facebook Live Q&A: “He has a group around him who are going to ground him and set him down the right path and I think he is happy with that.

“And as much as he is a bit cautious of hanging around the other side, he understands this is the right thing to be doing.

“I think he understands the way he was going before.

“It wasn’t the right way to be going but it was working for him.”

Officer Selwyn, who saw potential in the troubled youngster, has also been fundamental in Marlon’s development as a trainee copper.

In an interview, actor Don gushed over the relationship both characters share on the BBC series. 

He explained: “He sees a young man with huge potential, who could go off the rails if he’s not taken in hand. 

“I think Selwyn thinks if he can turn that around, what an advantage because he can get to places that no one else can get to because of the life he’s led.”

Death in Paradise returns on Friday at 9pm on BBC One.

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