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Death in Paradise star Ben Miller thought the show would 'flourish' following his exit 

Poor Richard was killed off at the beginning of season three

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Ben Miller has opened up about how he found it "hard" to move on from Death in Paradise after his exit in 2013 - and that he felt that it benefitted the series. 

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The actor, who left the murder mystery drama for family reasons, opened up about leaving the series to EM-Con back in September, explaining: "It was a great ending, it's funny, it's hard to move on from shows - especially when they're really good and they do really well, but I think it's one of those things that you have to do for the show as much as for you. 

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"I did feel that leaving would give the show the best chance of continuing to flourish. Then you watch the show and you think, 'God, it really looks like fun out there.'" 

He also chatted about his exit, where DI Richard Poole was murdered at a school reunion. He said: "The thing is, it's not nice to be murdered! However you feel about the story, being murdered on screen is not pleasant - I've been murdered a couple of times in things. It's spooky! People treat you in a weird way if you're being murdered in something. People don't want to hang out with you!" 

richard poole 7© Photo: BBC

Ben opened up about leaving the show

Danny John-Jules was also part of the chat, and chimed in: "It's like your last day on set! It's like when I was killed in Blade, no one talked to me that day!" 

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Ben recently confirmed that he will be starring in a new crime drama for ITV - and we can't wait to see him in action! Professor T will star Ben alongside Frances de la Tour, Emma Naomi and Barney White. The synopsis reads: "Professor T is set against the stunning backdrop of one of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions, Cambridge University. The unique crime series is centred around the eccentric but brilliant Criminology Professor Jasper Tempest, who suffers with OCD and has a tortured past."

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