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Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted Radio/TV Program

Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted: BBC Radio Crimes

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Publisher's Summary

Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett's novel.

Charles Paris is understudying in a West End production whose star, Michael Banks, seems unable to master the script.

Has Charles time to solve a murder, win Frances' heart and make it onstage by the time the curtain goes up?

©2015 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2015 BBC Worldwide

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    Norma Miles 01/02/2016
    Norma Miles 01/02/2016
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    "Shooting Stars"

    Simon Brett's Charles Paris stories are always sheer delight, especially when performed for the BBC with Bill Night his lugubrious, worldly self. Funny, quirky and seeped in behind the scenes acting and family rivalries, they are a joy not to be missed. This one is no exception.
    Worth every penny/ credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emma Thomas 29/09/2015
    Emma Thomas 29/09/2015
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    "Another Charles Paris triumph!"

    Jeremy Front is a genius at updating Simon Brett's Charles Paris for a modern radio audience; Bill Nighy is superb at extracting the maximum louche appeal from the title character, and Susanne Burden is a perfect foil for his accidental adventures. I hope the BBC commission more adaptations - and when they do, that Audible publishes them!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Wrigg 01/09/2015
    Sandra Wrigg 01/09/2015
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    "More Charles Paris"

    loved it, another grest Charles Paris Mystery, i have all the other Chsrles Paris audio books and look forwsrd to more of the same please

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Northwich, United Kingdom 16/09/2016
    Terri Northwich, United Kingdom 16/09/2016 Member Since 2008
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    "Brilliant as expected"

    Bill Nye is always guaranteed to deliver an impeccable performance. The script provides moments of comic genius as expected from the Charles Paris series.Excellent supporting cast including Lesley Philips.
    If you like black comedy and a good murder mystery this is for you. Going to listen to another Charles Paris mystery to cheer up a very grey Sept.Friday. Hopefully there will be more produced in future.

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    Mary Carnegie UK 22/08/2016
    Mary Carnegie UK 22/08/2016 Member Since 2012

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    "Gentle murder with irony"

    Bill Nighy can deliver the best deadpan humour south of the Tweed! Charles Paris, played by Nighy, is probably the most charming, unreliable, endearing and infuriating recidivist alcoholic detective in fiction. He does have insight, but it dissolves, with conscience and penitence, with his first sniff of booze. Still, he's seemingly less narcissistic and smarter than most of his colleagues, and his semi-ex-wife Frances veers between affection, fury, irritation and maternal concern for him. He is capable of wise social comment and appraisal of other people.
    Of course, by now, he should have succumbed to some horrid alcohol-related illness, but it's fun to listen in to his critique of theatre folk, art, pretentious money men, etc.

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    ReadingWild 13/11/2015
    ReadingWild 13/11/2015 Member Since 2016

    Audio books have been an incredible discovery

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    "Great if a Golden Bunch"

    I'm a fan of Charles Paris in multiple formats but what Mr Nighy brings to the role can't be over estimated, he's just brilliant and he brings the whole piece to life. This is the best of the whole collection when it comes to story but the entire Paris canon is a pleasure to indulge in.

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    Stewart Webb Reading, Berks UK 04/10/2015
    Stewart Webb Reading, Berks UK 04/10/2015 Member Since 2013

    I am an avid audio book listener, having at least two books on the go at any one time and getting through two or so a week.

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    "Great as Ever"

    As with all these plays, funny clever and well acted, a joy. Best to hear in sequence but not essential.

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    Miss Alnwick, United Kingdom 15/09/2015
    Miss Alnwick, United Kingdom 15/09/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great Charles Paris adventure"

    Loved it - funny, well acted, great story, everything you'd expect from a Charles Paris mystery - acting, family strife and murder with more than a hint of comedy. A great listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Cheryl Waters
    21/04/16
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    "Bill Nighy Is Perfection"
    What made the experience of listening to Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted the most enjoyable?

    For understated performance, you have a hard time finding better than Bill Nighy. He gives a life to Charles Paris that Simon Brett should be proud of.


    What other book might you compare Charles Paris: Murder Unprompted to and why?

    Any Charles Paris BBC performances are Best Buys.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Charles is resisting the advances of his ex-wife.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It is not the destination, but the journey to be enjoyed.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is great comedy, with clever writing and humorous insights into British acting circles.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
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    "perfection!"

    can listen to this daily -- so well written and acted. great choice of voices for each character.

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  • Amazon Customer
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    16/12/15
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    "Charles Paris never disappoints"

    British dramedy at its best. Bill Nighy is funny in spades A must listen....

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  • Dee Lazlo
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    26/09/15
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    "This is when Juliette first meets Miles"

    I love this BBC Radio drama series. This one was released in 2015, but is an earlier mystery. Juliette first meets Miles here. Of the 9 BBC Charles Paris mysteries starring Bill Nighy on audible this is my least favorite. That being said it is still Bill Nighy as Charles Paris so I must give it many stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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