Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a novel by Simon Brett, adapted by Jeremy Front.
Whilst appearing in a Christmas production of Cinderella, Charles finds a body beneath Eastbourne Pier and soon comes under suspicion for murder. Duration: 2 hours approx.
©2017 Simon Brett and Jeremy Front (P)2017 BBC Digital Audio
I’m a big fan of the Charles Paris series featuring Bill Nighy, and this title certainly keeps the standard flying. Short on work, as ever, Charles accepts a panto season in Margate, which boasts the latest Reality TV star in the cast plus a bona-fide Hollywood name as main star. All starts well, until tensions and cracks begin to appear, and then a cast member is found dead on the beach.
Nothing is simple in Charles’ world, and the sub-plot here is that his ‘semi-detached’ wife Frances wants to have an old-fashioned Christmas, which Charles reluctantly says he will help out with. Add to this his fraught relationship with his money-grabbing agent Maurice, and an obsessive and potentially violent stalker, you get the idea. And all the while, there’s a murder to solve…
The scripts move along at a good pace, reminiscent of Alan Ayckbourn at his best.
Makes me wish I had a long car journey to do…
This has got to be my favourite Charles Paris Mystery so far. Great acting, especially from the supporting cast and a terrific script, full of amusing moments and good lines. I've listened to it several times now, and enjoy it more each time! Highly recommended.
"Jeremy Front, smashing"
the only negative about this performance is waiting the 6 to 12 months for another. favorite lines: Charles " I can see your centerpiece" Frances: "if that line isn't in the panto, I'm not going" hilarious!
great cast, hysterically funny. bill night is superb. please get more of these! highly recommended!
Done with the usual wit and verve of all players (although attempted American accents were kinda ... odd).
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