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  • BBC Radio Crimes: A Charles Paris Mystery: The Dead Side of the Mic

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Brett, Jeremy Front (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, Charlotte Green
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Actor and reluctant sleuth Charles Paris is facing chaos on the domestic front. He’s lodging with his ex-wife Frances, and now their pregnant daughter has moved in as well. It’s all a bit much.... So he is over the moon when he lands a job on the BBC Radio Rep - but the ink is barely dry on his contract when a murder takes place in Broadcasting House. A young female studio manager is found dead in an editing suite, and Charles steps in to investigate....

    AD says: "Bill Nighy on tip, top form"
    "Bill Nighy on tip, top form"
    Overall

    There's an excellent cast in this audio drama, which helps whisk you along the nearly two hours of drama in and out of BBC Broadcasting House. The plot loses quite a bit from the novel, as often happens with radio dramatisations but Bill Nighy is really perfectly cast as Simon Brett's morose amateur sleuth - and there's a wonderful cameo by Charlotte Green which will bring a smile to the most intense Radio 4 listener!

    Although based on a novel written in 1980, this Charles Paris outing has production values, a soundtrack and pace that ensure you're whisked through the two hours of old-fashioned sleuthing with a wonderful modern twist.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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