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Death In Paradise





My mum was recently watching Death in Paradise. She she said to me she wondered if the DI had dyspraxia. I enjoyed watching the show Humphrey Gorman was a very likeable character and for me easy to identify with. It has now become my favourite show. I decided to google “Death in Paradise”. The blurb said “DI Humphrey Gorman is a bit dyspraxic”


I wonder if one of the writers either has dyspraxia or someone close to them does. As someone with dyspraxia, the character is very accurately depicted, Yes he is clumsy, knocks things over and even fell out a window. But there is more than that. He forgets things a lot. His assistant will produce his pen or his gloves because she knows that he will forget them. Often he will knock things over , trip or fall.


Disorganisation and clutter are a problem. The phone rang after he tidied his desk and he couldn’t find it. He was late for work because he couldn’t find his trousers. Looking for something in the pocket of his jacket, he pulls out a handful of bits of paper and other random junk. Anyone who has seen me looking for something in my handbag would know why I can relate to that. The constant unwinnable battle to be organised.


DI Gorman rarely drives. He did in one episode but rather badly. Someone gave him a biscuit and he made a huge amount of crumbs eating it. Kris Marshall is a brilliant actor and his portrail of Humphrey is very accurate and believable.


What I love the most about Humphrey Gorman is that he is smart. He is a brilliant detective and always solves the crime no matter how clever or devious the murderer is.This shows people just because you are clumsy , trip over things and loose things a lot, it doesn’t mean you are stupid. He is a positive role model for anyone with dyspraxia.


Most people havent even heard of dyspraxia and definitely don’t understand it. If you are clumsy and misplace things they think you are stupid. Even though most people with dyspraxia are of average or above average intelligence. Our brains just work a little differently. We are great at thinking outside the box. Which is probably why DI Gorman is so good at solving these murders

Sharon Beaumont

I am a single mother of 4 who has lived with dyspraxia for several decades. My hope is that by sharing my experiences I can help to raise awareness of dyspraxia. I trained as an Education Assistant but found some areas of this to be a difficult career if you have dyspraxia. Currently I am an Information Technology Student and am trying to teach my self to speak French. I love travel, writing and anything French.

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