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Charles Paris: A Reconstructed Corpse

By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, full cast
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Summary

Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband, and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of his marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime-reconstruction program. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear.

Television ratings soar as the public tune in to discover every gory detail of the case. The raging egos and jealous maneuverings of the producers, presenters, and the police provide a long list of suspects for Charles as he pieces together a macabre jigsaw puzzle of murder.

Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, and Jon Glover are among the star cast in this enjoyable mystery, dramatised by Jeremy Front.

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

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Brilliant as ever

Love this series I hope Bill Nighy continues to do these as he is brilliant. I have tried reading the books but without Suzanne Burden and Bill the books are not nearly as funny

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Perfect Paris

The combined talents of Simon Brett, Jeremy Front and Bill Nighy make this an engaging, often hilarious listen. The script is clever and witty and Nighy is perfect as Paris. I absolutely love Brett's Fethering mysteries but have only just discovered Charles Paris and have now whizzed through all of them. More to come hopefully! If you haven't yet discovered these dramatisations start now!

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Great as always.

What did you like most about A Reconstructed Corpse (BBC Radio Crimes)?

The BBC dramatisation though brings the story forward to today, and with wonderful down to earth dialogue - you're in the heart of the crime, the play, the tangled personal relationships and their history before you know it.

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Bill Nighy is fabulous as the dissolute actor cum detective.

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A superb rendition!

A superb BBC adaptation with a fantastic cast! Keep them coming they are really enjoyable!

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Always fun

Another Charles Paris mystery, beautifully read but the stories are beginning to be a bit samey. Charles drinks too much, tries to make it up with his wife etc. However the readings are so good that I just keep on listening, and enjoying listening.

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Bill Nighy - always a star

Have you listened to any of Bill Nighy’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to quite a few of these Bill Nighy/Simon Brett stories - they are always well worth it. Decent stories, very funny and not too long. Good music in the background too.

This story gives a good picture of Brighton, lots of laughs and the usual great relationship between Charles and his not-really-estranged wife.

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,Brilliant

Fantastic story, great casting. Charles Paris never fails to please; entertaining and extremely funny. A brilliant adaptation.

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Shaving Ryan's Privates

Another of the absolutely deliciously funny Charles Paris murder mysteries, dramatized for the BBC by Jeremy Front, based on the novel by Simon Brett. Charles is an (often out of work) actor whose relationship with his wife is erratic: it is their 35th divorce avoidance anniversary. Charles' agent has secured him a one day TV part, impersonating a murder victim in a popular true crime programme. And where Charles gkes, chaos usually follows, even if it is not his fault. This time it follows to Brighton.

This series of adaptations for the BBC is great fun with Bill Nighy perfecting the role of Paris and a full cAst backing his performance.Additionally, there are snippets of early 70s music by the Who, Carol King and Pink Floyd , amongst others, as well as the different cell phone ring tones for each of Charles' contacts, the death March for his agent, Maurice, and Je t'aime for his wife, for example. A convoluted murder plot completes the pleasure.

It's skillfully silly, deliciously drops and artfully acted. Love it. Get it. Listen and enjoy.

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My favourite radio

I know it’s arch and the cosiest of murder mysteries but I LOVE Charles Paris and Bill Nighy is the best CP around

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One of the best Charles Paris stories

Delightful, witty, funny. One of the best CP stories I've heard. They are very moreish.

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