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Charles Paris: The Cinderella Killer

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
Categories: Film, Radio & TV, Comedy
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Summary

Charles Paris returns in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett’s humorous theatrical mystery, starring Bill Nighy. 

A job in pantomime seems the perfect way to spend the Christmas season for Charles, but the cast of Cinderella are a motley crew from reality TV and Charles finds himself having to explain the traditions of panto to their baffled American star whose career is on a downward trajectory. 

When the star is shot dead, and Charles finds the body, he finds himself under suspicion. As the slapstick makes way for a murder investigation, he decides to clear his name by doing some sleuthing of his own. With a host of suspects and the body count rising, the line 'they're behind you' soon begins to take on a very sinister meaning indeed.... 

Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Skylight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) stars as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as his wife Frances, in this funny and fast-paced dramatisation by Jeremy Front. 

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

©2017 Simon Brett and Jeremy Front (P)2017 BBC Digital Audio

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Brilliant

Loved it straight from the start thanks to the great Bill Nighy and cast. Would like it to have been longer but thoroughly enjoyed. Would highly recommend.

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One of the funniest so far..

I listen to books to go to sleep to... this has me laughing so much.. I gave up on sleep... love these books..❤️

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Of course it was wonderful

Mr Nighy and the usual suspects. How could it be less than wonderful. Plus the song at the end. Christmas day you can listen to this as well as watch Wonderful World

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Bill Nighy as Charles Paris.

A superbly piece of audio drama. The BBC at its best! Keep up the excellent work thus is needed more than ever!

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Wonderful story

Really enjoyed this audio book. Not like audio theatre at its very best. Bill Nye never disappoints.

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Vintage Bill Nigh

An extremely witty, sharp, and enjoyable piece delivered wonderfully. You can tell they enjoyed performing in this.

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Review of Charles Paris. The Cinderella Killer

Brilliant I love Bill Nighy, and the dialogue between him, his wife and and his agent is so funny. Waiting for the next Charles Paris publication to come out.

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Nighy on top form

Loved it - great performances, Bill Nighy brilliant as ever, this time acting in a panto. Very entertaining

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Oh yes it is !

Brilliant, as always. Charles Paris in pantomime, what more could you want. Great characters, a really enjoyable listen.

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light fun

Bill at his best interesting easy listening good acting and a good plot with amusing side notes what is not to like

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  • juldarr
  • 02-02-17

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!

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  • catherine
  • 12-03-17

Still crackling!

Done with the usual wit and verve of all players (although attempted American accents were kinda ... odd).

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  • Judith
  • 27-05-18

Charles Paris Rules

Bill Nighy and Suzanne Burden are fabulous as always as Charles and Frances. Another smashing time with the whole crew. The different rings on Charles’ phone alone are worth the credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-17

Bill Nighy is a treat

The cast and performances (esp. Bill Nighy) are the reasons to listen to these charming but not terribly well plotted mysteries.

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  • CHRISTINE
  • 16-07-17

A delight.

I love the Charles Paris stories. Bill Nighy is perfect in the role. I laughed out loud (very loud) on many occasions. The stories are very English, as are the characters , perhaps that should read eccentric, but that just adds to their charm. Can't wait for more of them.

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  • E. Kress
  • 02-04-17

wonderful stuff!!

great cast, hysterically funny. bill night is superb. please get more of these! highly recommended!