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Charles Paris: Dead Room Farce

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (159 ratings)

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Summary

Bill Nighy stars as actor and amateur sleuth Charles Paris in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett's novel. 

Charles' career is on the up. He's starring in a revival of a popular (though hackneyed) 70s farce – and while his fellow actors aren't exactly who you'd want to find yourself in bed with, he's happy to be in work.

But while there may be comedy on stage, offstage it's rapidly turning into a whodunnit. First the director drops dead, then another premature death follows soon after when an audio producer doing a promo for the show dies in suspicious circumstances.

The cast are hiding some shady secrets, and have plenty of skeletons in their cupboards which they don't want rattled, but would anyone go as far as murder to protect themselves? Charles is determined to find out, and turns detective in an attempt to find out if foul play is afoot....

This witty, stylish dramatisation by Jeremy Front stars Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Skylight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as his long-suffering wife Frances.

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

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Bill Nighy well what can you say..

I have had all of the Charles Paris books and have not found one that I disliked. Written brilliantly by Simon Brett and co, in a way that is funny but also infectious and enjoyable to follow the plot till the end.

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Gotta love Charles Paris

It's another fun story from the series, once you start it's hard to stop, bit like a good bottle of whiskey!

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Such fun.

Hilarious, great acting, fun and silly story. The sound effects were excellent. I loved, loved, loved it.

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another good play from the bbc

yet again the bbc show what they are good at fr. as with all the Charles church

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Must love Bill Nighy

"I have the best words." That got me laughing so hard while trying to catch some nap.

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bill Nighy excellent

as Charles Paris Bill Nighy was excellent as always.. The plot a bit thin no real back story. but entertaining.. It was over before you could get into the murder.

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very good

enjoyed it immensely. great performances. love the characters. will buy another as worth it. terrific.

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Great actors but bit slow

Loved the performances but took a while to get into and always felt a little strange. Did enjoy it though

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entertaining but...

I enjoy the charles paris dramas. They are lighthearted and the main actors are wonderful. They could be excellent if the stories were not so formulaic. That is the disappointing thing. The same situations and elements come up again and again.

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It’s okay

The early Charles Paris where far better constructed and had more plot and less farce. Now it just seems to be a device for Bill Nighy to be comedic with the plot starting in the last episode.

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  • M. Giorgi
  • 17-08-20

Great One

Just lay back and listen to a really great story. Excellent actors. Close your eyes and Enjoy!!!!!!!!

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  • DrK
  • 01-05-19

irresistible as usual

Charles attempts rehabbing! I love it. Keeps the character interesting while catching him up to Nighy’s real-life sobriety.

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  • Simon Wood
  • 13-04-18

Slapstick overwhelms the story

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I really like the books and Charles Paris. The Radio dramas do the books a certain injustice. They focus more on Charles being a screw-up and his pratfalls than the mystery.

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  • Anniej
  • 08-04-18

It’s a waste

When I read the reviews it sounded interesting.....it’s a waste of time, don’t bother!

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  • VMW
  • 05-04-18

For this, I waited?

this was not my favorite production. it was very much like a farce itself 😐