Charles Paris is his own worst enemy, a louche lush who can resist anything except temptation - especially in the form of women and alcohol. He’s been out of work so long now he feels he may never get a job and he’s driving Frances, his semi-ex-wife, mad. So when he’s offered a small role in a play, she nearly pushes him out of the door. But it seems that ‘The Message is Murder’ is such a terrible production that someone wants to kill off the cast. First there is a series of nasty accidents, then someone attempts to stab Charles. Can he find the murderer before they strike again? Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in this entertaining dramatisation by Jeremy Front.
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Another BBC Value Performance
BBC Radio Drama rates usual kudoes!
Soundtrack mimics Golden Oldies of Charles Paris's past, reminding us of his age. Dialogue is sparkling.
All Bill Nighy's performances as Charles Paris are delightful, well worth the modest cost...
Yes, and I did so twice...
Only the Colonial Radio Theater performances come close to matching the BBC Radio Crime dramas. Both troupes are well worth snapping up every offering.
- Cheryl Waters
As it was made for radio I thought they did a fair job of bringing the characters to life in the short time available; it took a bit of imagination to fill in the blanks but that's what radio is about and why we have the gift of imagination.
Yes, I quickly came to know who the characters were and how their idiosyncrasies made up their personalities
I don't know....too much realism has hit our screens; I'm not sure this would make it past the first season.
This radio drama is a great listen when doing those humdrum chores around the house.
- Amazon Customer