Death in Paradise

Dishing Up Murder - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: Classic mistake of the series (happens at least in a couple episodes per seasons); the Detective Inspector writes down names on the whiteboard, but they are written in different penmanship in close-up compared to the wider angles. In this particular case, the detail that is most telling is how Humphrey puts a little underline on some of the names, which is at very obviously different distance for the victim and the pastry chef. (00:14:00)

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Dishing Up Murder - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: It's time for a motive for Kim Sweeney, and the inspector and DS go to interview her. She is in her bed, surrounded by used paper tissues, which change position between shots. (00:33:45)

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Dishing Up Murder - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: During the conversation with Anouk Laban, Humphrey Goodman gets all defensive saying that "we're not all like that", placing his hand on his hip. Before and after this attempt at humour, Kris Marshall has his arm on the bar counter. (00:21:50)

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Dishing Up Murder - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: The victim's fiancée prepares a green smoothie and answers the questions of the police about the private investigator's findings. When she points the picture on the counter, notice how in close-up there are no photos directly by DS Florence Cassell's arm, and in the other shots there are. The whole position of the pictures seems to vary at each cut. (00:20:50)

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Dishing Up Murder - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: Goodman and Cassell are interviewing the pasty white brother of the victim at his hut. During the scene, the folder Humphrey holds close to his body is positioned differently (horizontal/vertical) as the two main camera angles alternate in the dialogue. When Gary puts on a shirt, the folder even switches hands, blatantly. (00:18:10)

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Dishing Up Murder - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: Florence drives into the pothole by Goodman's instructions; when he goes "Whaa!" and throws the papers in the air, the actress' hands turn around on the wheel, with the right hand at 2 o' clock - but it's nowhere to be seen in the next shot, and the left is almost at the zenith, when the wheel was turning the opposite direction. (00:17:40)

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Dishing Up Murder - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: When Florence calls Humphrey's attention announcing that the brother of the victim has a criminal record, she's holding the pen with the cap towards herself. Cut, and the pen is pointed in the opposite direction. (00:16:30)

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Dishing Up Murder - S5-E6

Continuity mistake: DI Goodman holds the recently sharpened knife and goes through a few smug ways to tell Dwayne the chef was left-handed. The knife faces a different direction depending on the shot's angle - towards Dwayne in Danny John-Jules' close-up, upwards when he says 'left-handed'. (00:07:30)

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Lost Identity - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: Commissioner Selwyn Patterson puts down at the end of the episode a deck of cards and the glass with his drink. He then helps Aunt Mary up, and with the table again in view, both the deck and the glass shifted to the right by a couple of tableboards. (00:44:50)

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Lost Identity - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: When at the end of the denouement Neil Jenkins and Freddie Hamilton are face to face, the tears that were running all the way down the face of the actor have been wiped clean, leaving just a bit below the eye. (00:45:10)

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Lost Identity - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: When Humphrey opens the bag, various items fall on the table including a small trophy cup, which lands perfectly vertical on its base. In the subsequent close-up of the messy table, the cup is lying down, and all the various items (look at the conch) are just scattered around differently than before. (00:45:00)

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Lost Identity - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: Ella, when asked, says that she does not know about the money, and leans back with her left hand on the lounger - but she has her arms in her lap in the next shot. (00:32:20)

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Lost Identity - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: Neil Jenkins starts spilling the beans about being previously acquainted with Robert Daws' character. Right before the flashback when he meets him at the hotel, he is putting the towel around his wife's shoulders, at the edge of the frame. Several seconds later, after finishing the story, his wife is sitting on the lounger and he puts the towel around her shoulders again, this time with better framing. (00:32:30)

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Lost Identity - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: Neil Jenkins is sitting while his wife is swimming in the pool. She comes out; notice Jenkins' left arm and his watch; the watch faces towards Dwayne when he asks "So why did you lie to us?", towards his right when he answers. (00:33:15)

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Lost Identity - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: The white lid of Humphrey's soup changes position between shots; it sticks out from the board during certain close-ups (like when Catherine cautions the police people or Aunt May says "nuts to that"), not so in the wider angle. (00:26:00)

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Lost Identity - S5-E5

Continuity mistake: Goodman is at the hospital, tasting the soup famously loathed by his predecessor DI Richard Poole. Florence opens the door with her right, and the case file folder in her left. Cut, and the folder is in her right, rolled. Cut again, and she's holding it straight. (00:25:50)

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Erupting in Murder - S6-E1

Trivia: A bit of the episode has been cut for the streaming releases; at the end of the scene with Humphrey taking Martha's luggage, he would make a date with her for the next day, to cook dinner for her at 8. This has been eliminated probably because it created timing issues with 8 PM being too well lit (in contrast with the supposed timing of the murder) and the ending takes place at Catherine's for a cute drinking scene anyway. (00:22:50)

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Question: Why did the cord on the wall phone in the police station change from straight in the early episodes to coiled later?

Answer: There's probably no particular reason. Sets and props on long-running TV shows often change as needed and for various reasons throughout a series run.

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