A Reconstructed Corpse (BBC Radio Crimes)

  • by Simon Brett
  • Narrated by Bill Nighy
  • 1 hrs and 52 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's 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.

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Well worth the sales price!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

These BBC productions are funny, clever, tightly written and well-acted.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot is a bit far-fetched, but the cast's reaction to the situation is the true entertainment.


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

Nighy's take on Charles Paris is ideal.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

These Charles Paris stories are like literary rice pudding--you could consume the whole batch in one sitting, but taking it in reasonable servings is probably the best bet. It lasts longer that way...


Any additional comments?

Grab these productions whenever they're on sale! That way, their value only pays more in dividends!

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- Cheryl Waters

Sexiest 50-something couple there is!

Would you listen to A Reconstructed Corpse (BBC Radio Crimes) again? Why?

I love the BBC productions of the Charles Paris stories. I wish they'd do all of them. Bill Nighy IS Charles Paris, and with Suzanne Burden, they are the sexiest couple-- with such terrific dialogue and warmth between them.

These productions are very trim, but I don't miss what they leave out from the books. Bill Nighy and Suzanne Burden are worth every minute. And he and John Glover (who plays his agent) are almost as funny together.

These are just plain fun.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Frances-- Charles' wife, long "abandoned," but entirely her own woman, who takes him when she wants him, and kicks him out when she doesn't. They are great together-- funny, loose, sexy. Frances usually takes the lead in some action, and as Charles calls her, she's Boadicea come back to life.


What about Bill Nighy’s performance did you like?

He's wry and funny and does the asides that are so CHARLES in ways that really honor the character.


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- Danzer "Danz"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2012
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited