• Radio Crimes

  • Charles Paris: A Series of Murders
  • By: Simon Brett
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Radio/TV Program
  • Release date: 05-04-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (71 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Charles Paris is thrilled - he’s landed a nice juicy part playing Sergeant Collins in the TV detective series, 'The Stanislaus Braid Mysteries', and his estranged wife Frances seems to be on the brink of taking him back.
But filming turns out to be a tortuous process, with pompous star Russell Bentley demanding numerous retakes and irascible author Winifred Railton constantly interrupting. To cap it all, nubile actress Lisa Stokes is crushed to death on set - and Charles finds her body.
It seems like a straightforward accident, but Charles can’t shake the suspicion that she was murdered. Can he find the killer, stay away from the booze and the women, and win back his wife?
Bill Nighy stars as alcoholic actor and amateur sleuth Charles Paris in this full-cast radio dramatisation.
©2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By VMW on 12-07-17

i love charles paris

Another fantastic performance by the BBC. the writing is crisp and the script keeps you engaged. I love it!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Diane on 10-10-09

'A Series of Murders'

When I first saw that this audiobook was only 57mins long for ?8.89, compared to the other Charles Paris audiotape which is 6hs.28mins for the same price, I thought there must have been a misprint somewhere. But being a long-time fan of both Charles Paris and Bill Nighy, I went ahead and treated myself regardless.

Was this originally a full-length book? While the 'play' was enjoyable, it felt very 'compressed', to the extent that the characters came across as two-dimensionable cardboard cut-outs. This seems to be the fault of the BBC rather than the scriptwriter, who did his/her best with the time available. Surely extending it just another half hour would have made all the difference. I don't know where the 'series' of murders came from; there were only two. However, all the cast made the best of their lines; Bill Nighy has the perfect voice for Charles Paris. But I had to listen to it twice to catch the fast bits I missed the first time. It really deserves 5 stars, unfortunately
a big thumbs down and a lost star for the BBC for skimping on the time allowed, and another lost star for the decision to price a 57mins tape at ?8.89, whoever made it. ?4 - ?5 would be a fairer price, I think.

Nevertheless, an enjoyable listen. But most definitely a 'very special treat'!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 11-23-10

a wonderful play, gripping and entertaining

Nighy makes Paris's slightly seedy, but self aware and almost-past-it cad utterly convincing with a tired, sardonic wit that carries the classically styled 'who-dunnit' plot to perfection. With every double whisky and plot twist I smiled or laughed. More please.

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