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Charles Paris: Cast in Order of Disappearance

By: Simon Brett, Jeremy Front
Narrated by: Bill Nighy, Martine McCutcheon, Suzanne Burden, full cast
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Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris with Martine McCutcheon as Jodie Ricks in this BBC Radio 4 comedy detective drama.

Charles finds himself uncharacteristically employed in a film, having landed the part of Szabec, a middle management vampire in 'The Wreathing'. His co-star is swimwear model turned actress Jodie Ricks and before long, Jodie is using Charles as a confidant.

Poor Jodie is in terrible trouble - not only is she being blackmailed over some compromising photos, but she is also carrying the baby of the film's producer, Elliot Roth, who now wants nothing to do with her. Then things take an even nastier turn when it appears that someone is trying to kill Jodie. Always keen to help a damsel in distress, Charles sets about trying to solve the mystery....

Starring Bill Nighy and Martine McCutcheon and dramatized by Jeremy Front.

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

©2001 Simon Brett (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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Brilliant, Bill Nighy rocks Charles Paris.

I have listened to this play many times. It is so rich in drama and comedy every time I listen I hear another reference or joke. Fantastic:-)

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Go Charles...

Only Charles can get into these situations and then find a way out. Loved it. Lay back and enjoy!!

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Bill Nighy makes Charles Paris work

With one of life's excellent voices, Bill Nighy lifts Charles Paris from sodden scoundrel to everyone's favorite rascal-with-a-heart. A great match of actor and role in a funny, self-deprecating, witty protagonist which only ever really works for the English character. I know this is just a facet of Nighy's acting skill as I became a fan of his work through his dramatic roles, but I his talent at comedy is very clear.

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Love-able boozer, good detective .

Bill Nighy is wonderful as Charles Paris. The dramatization brings Charles' world to life for a listen that is just as good the fourth time as it was the first.

I wish the entire Charles Paris mysteries were dramatized. Can't beat it !

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Very entertaining and enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of A Charles Paris Mystery: Cast in Order of Disappearance (BBC Radio Crimes) to be better than the print version?

I've never read a print version of a Charles Paris Mystery. However, the BBC Radio Crimes productions of the Paris mysteries (this is the second one I've heard) are so well done and enjoyable I'm sure I would prefer listening to reading.

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

Well, not on the edge of my seat, but the storyline, characters, performances, and overall production quality were excellent and kept me going. Ultimately the solution wasn't as good as I had hoped but the trip to get there was most enjoyable.

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

This is the second one I've heard and I've thoroughly enjoyed them both. The other had a more satisfying solution, but this had even more entertaining dialogue than the other, and both have been most enjoyable in that regard.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Simon Brett, the author, would probably do better with that than me. The title of this book is clever enough -- just go with that.

Any additional comments?

Great entertainment -- keep the Charles Paris productions coming!

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An Absolute Delight.. Not To Be Missed

It was absolutely hilarious..!! I don’t know how I could have missed this series before.. I’m off to buy the next one now....
Treat yourself to this witty offering.

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Great adaptation!

Top notch production values, and Bill Nighy is, of course, great. I recommend any if the BBC radio Charles Paris mysteries.

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Always a Trip to Paris!

Simon Brett keeps us liking Charles Paris, a well-meaning cad whose acting career never goes so high up the ladder that murder cannot reach him...

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