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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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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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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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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 is the best!

I have not listened to or seen a bad performance by him. I think he could read the phone book and make it interesting. loved him and the entire cast of this production of Death in order of Disappearance.

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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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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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good

I enjoyed the story at times it was hard to understand what some characters were saying because they seemed so far away other then that it was great

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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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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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  • M. Giannangeli
  • 07-25-20

Just brilliant - Nighy will have you laughing your socks off

Masterfully acted, well-plotted and very entertaining. My only regret is that there’s no compendium of the Charles Paris mysteries. Rather pricey for less than two hours listening time.

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  • Speckledy Hen
  • 12-23-12

Very entertaining

Charles Paris as played by Bill Nighy is having a tricky time. Delighted to be in work, he is stuggling to be inspired by the plot of the film (or his fellow 'actors'). However before long he is caught up in the tangled love life of his co-star Jodie (played by Martine McCutcheon) as well as the tangled love life of his daughter. A great cast and an equally good script (a modern update by Jeremy Front turns Simon Brett's enjoyable novel into an enjoyable radio drama) combine to make a really entertaining listen - undemanding but funny and engaging. I really enjoyed this.

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  • Mrs. Slm Drumm
  • 06-29-21

My favourite production!

Charles Paris collection is brilliant, so entertaining and witty! Superb cast, great plot and production, love it!

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  • OtterEmpress
  • 06-09-21

Brilliant & Fun

I've really enjoyed the Charles Paris mysteries on Radio 4 Extra over the years and decided to treat myself to this. I'm so glad I did. The writing is brilliant and the acting superb, even when intentionally hammy. Bill Nighy is at his wry, sardonic and loveable best, delivering some great lines:.
Charles: Fancy joining me in a contemporary take on the classic French cassoulet?
Frances: What's in it?
Charles: a saveloy and a tin of baked beans
Frances: what makes it contemporary?
Charles: I've just made it.
Ruddy genius. Fill your boots.

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  • Banjoman
  • 01-12-21

A delight!

Brilliant dramatisation! A couple of hours of Charles Paris is good for the soul. The cast deliver a first class performance, overall a great listen.

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  • Peter Aylett
  • 12-11-20

Love the style of these Charles Paris productions

Bill Nighy is brilliant as always, backed up by the rest of the excellent cast. Storylines keep you hooked but interlaced with plenty of humour.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 10-08-20

"Get the glasses, Frances."

Deliciously amusing drama by Jeremy Front, in his adaptation of the novel by Simon Brett, with a full cast headed by Bill Nighy as Charles Paris, the aging acgor. There are several Charles Paris stories in this series and all are excellent fun, superbly acted and completely enjoyable: from the wonderfully sarcastic, semi alcoholic but charming lead character, through supercilious, imposed upon agent, Maurice, to long suffering separated from wife who still lets Charles stay at her house - and all this before the main plot begins. It might not be a deeply enthralling mystery but this is fairly inconsequential when .measured against the personality involvements.

This is my second time of listening to this glorious confection of characters, actors and musical snippets included at scene breaks and as pleasurable as at first hearing. I have also previously read the original Simon Brett, Cast in Order of Disappearance, upon which this was based and it pales into insignificance beside this glorious two hours of pleasure.

Love this series. Bill Nighy at his best. Recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-20

Funny British Whodunnit

Great voice actors and some good tunes! A fun short listen with a reasonable whodunnit storyline.

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  • ChrisH
  • 06-16-20

great book

what a great story and well performed

a great series listen to them all soon

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  • Stephen Lake
  • 05-10-20

Charles Paris - outstanding

Everything about the Charles Paris mysteries oozes quality. The writing, the pacing and of course the
performances. Snappy one liners and a central character that brings a smile every scene he is in. Bill Nighy and Suzanne Burden have chemistry and the ensemble in this one are top notch. I’m getting all of the CP mysteries having heard 3 now. Always excellent.

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  • Paula Morrow
  • 10-07-21

I love these.

Fantastic performances! I go to sleep giggling. Thanks to the two writers and to all the actors! A very high standard. I have bought most of them (all I can find) over the last couple of weeks, whereas I usually only get the obligatory one audio per month.

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  • Babs Moy
  • 06-13-21

Didn’t like it one bit.

I read the reviews. Can’t agree. Great fan of Bill Nighy but it wasn’t enough. Disappointing. Silly plot.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 01-10-21

Bill Nighy you are the best

I enjoyed this show good fun and really it’s Bills performance is great as is his wife in the show. Well worth a listen.