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Actor and reluctant sleuth Charles Paris is facing chaos on the domestic front. He’s lodging with his ex-wife Frances, and now their pregnant daughter has moved in as well. It’s all a bit much....

So he is over the moon when he lands a job on the BBC Radio Rep - but the ink is barely dry on his contract when a murder takes place in Broadcasting House. A young female studio manager is found dead in an editing suite, and Charles steps in to investigate.

With a distinguished cast including Bill Nighy as Charles Paris, Suzanne Burden as Frances, and featuring Charlotte Green as herself, this four-part drama, adapted by Jeremy Front, is sheer listening pleasure.

 Written by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. 

©2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • AD
  • 19-01-2011

Bill Nighy on tip, top form

There's an excellent cast in this audio drama, which helps whisk you along the nearly two hours of drama in and out of BBC Broadcasting House. The plot loses quite a bit from the novel, as often happens with radio dramatisations but Bill Nighy is really perfectly cast as Simon Brett's morose amateur sleuth - and there's a wonderful cameo by Charlotte Green which will bring a smile to the most intense Radio 4 listener!

Although based on a novel written in 1980, this Charles Paris outing has production values, a soundtrack and pace that ensure you're whisked through the two hours of old-fashioned sleuthing with a wonderful modern twist.

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  • Stacy
  • 05-02-2011

Radio drama

I love these audiobooks that are like the old-time radio shows with different readers for each role. It's much more absorbing than a single reader. The Charles Paris character seems a little dated, but the story moved along quickly and the dialog was witty. I wish there was a greater variety of BBC Radio Crimes.

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  • Patricia
  • 14-01-2013

We need more of this type of radio drama!

I'm greatly enjoying the Charles Paris BBC dramas - the music alone is a blast from the past; the actors are pitch-perfect; and the stories a lot of fun. I know Charles would not be much fun to know or live with, in reality, but he is such a wonderful scoundrel to hear from as he continues to live in a state of scotch-fueled non-divorce with his long-suffering wife Frances. The scene where he's a stand-in in his daughter's prenatal class is particularly memorable; as is the anniversary scene in "A Reconstructed Corpse." If you like radio drama with a sense of humor, these are for you.

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  • M. Giorgi
  • 21-08-2020

Trouble Keeps Finding Him

Charles has the worst luck. Just lay back and listen to a really great series. Truly wish there were more. Enjoy!!

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  • Crazy for good stories
  • 21-09-2016

Funny and Bill Nigh is great

Loved it. Bill Nigh is wonderful as the lead character. Great fun to listen about the main character trying to make it as an actor.

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  • Andrew
  • 16-04-2016

I like it, I like it, I like it!

I love the timing, the verbage, and how the story is delivered. I find myself looking up phrases that are used. Highly Recommended

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  • CHRISTINE
  • 21-02-2016

Loved it.

Bill Nighy is a delight to listen to. I laughed so many times. The story is uncomplicated, but because of the great writing this does not matter at all.
I have all the dramatisations and hope there will be more, with Bill acting as Charles of course.

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  • Helen
  • 07-10-2011

Great fun

I will never know why Simon Brett stopped writing his wonderful books starring Charles Paris. I find his other books unreadable. The plots of this series are reasonable, but the world of theatre and the comedy element are wonderfully realised, especially when voiced by Bill Nighy who was born to play Charles Paris.

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  • Morganrandg
  • 26-04-2015

Smooth, witty delivery.

A fantastic narration of a light-weight but totally enjoyable mystery. I have listened to the book 3 times in as many months and still love hearing Bill Nighy sing and slur his way through this tale that intertwines a mystery with anecdotes from his daily life, the latter being the most engaging.
I intend to read more as I am sure that the cast will live up to my expectations.

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  • Suz
  • 10-10-2017

light listening

As usual. Good for background noise.

It would be nice if the Mrs got a bit of a social life though, women over 40 are allowed a sex life now - just saying!!

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  • Julia
  • 24-12-2017

Good read

Enjoyable but all to short will be looking for more short stories in the same vein

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  • NixW
  • 07-01-2015

Enjoyable listening 👂

Another enjoyable Charles Paris story. Charles again finds himself investigating a murder that he has come across in his job as an actor.

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  • Diane
  • 05-05-2010

Not impressed...

The 25% off this audio-book was a real attraction, as it is less than two hours long. I'm guessing that it was originally a BBC broadcast as it is divided into four episodes, with an annoying cast list at the end of each one. The storyline is not bad, but I found the domestic intrusions to be tiresome verging on irritating, and soon lost interest in Charles Parris' shrill daughter - small wonder he left home!

The performance seemed crowded with noise of one kind or another, and that, coupled with the actors' tendency to speak their lines really fast, rather spoiled it for me, even though all the cast gave good performances. The plotline was fair to middling; not one of Simon Brett's best in my opinion, but maybe that was due to changes made during the adaptation (one particular scene with Bill Nighy had me cringing).

All in all, not one of my better buys from Audible.

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  • Pink Ewe
  • 30-05-2020

Excellent, quality murder mystery comedy.

love it. listened to it as separate episodes each night. acting is brilliant. script is excellent. worth a listen.

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  • Franster
  • 15-11-2019

Deep for Charles Paris

Always great fun and I could honestly listen to Bill Nighy all night. He has the loveliest voice!!!!

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  • Christine Ryan
  • 24-09-2019

The dread side of the Mic

Lively ,first one of the Charles Paris set I have list end to.looking forward to more .Only just become aware of Bill Nighy talents,

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  • Mrs Jacky Oxley
  • 25-06-2019

excellent

Another great story with Charles Paris , he is a lovable soak with his long suffering wife. What a team.

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