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Charles Paris: Sicken and So Die

By: Simon Brett,Jeremy Front
Narrated by: Bill Nighy,Suzanne Burden,Julian Rhind-Tutt,full cast,Jon Glover
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Publisher's Summary

Bill Nighy stars as the suave thespian sleuth in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation.

Life is good for Charles Paris. He's moved back in with his estranged wife, and has landed a plum stage role as Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. But it can't last. First his attempts to woo Frances fall flat, then the play's director is taken ill with gastric trouble. His replacement, Romanian wunderkind Alex Radelescu, is determined to take the play in a radical new direction—with or without Charles.

When a second member of the company falls sick, Charles begins to suspect a poisoner is on the loose—and the next victim could be him. Can he unmask the culprit before this comedy turns into a tragedy?

Adapted by Jeremy Front, this engaging dramatisation stars Bill Nighy as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as Frances, Jon Glover as Maurice and Julian Rhind-Tutt as Alex Radelescu.

Production credits

Written by Simon Brett

Adapted by Jeremy Front

Produced and directed by Sally Avens

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 30 August-20 September 2006

Cast

Charles Paris - Bill Nighy

Frances - Suzanne Burden

Maurice - Jon Glover

Ken Carter - Peter Wight

Alex Radelescu - Julian Rhind-Tutt

Vivienne Marlin - Elizabeth Bell

Gavin Scholes - Thomas Wheatley

Jack Bradley - John Cummins

Sally Luther - Tracy Wiles

Ben Ritson - Tom Lawrence

Vasile Bogdan/Scott - Ryan McCluskey

Talya Northcott - Alex Tregear

Inspector Dewar - Kim Wall

©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Always a treat." (Gillian Reynolds, Sunday Times)

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love Charles paris

always entertaining and well produced, these dramatization of the novels. love them all and wish there were more.

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  • Dr Max McKeown
  • 09-12-22

This was the FIRST BBC dramatisation

This appears to be confusing some listeners. It kept improving but still fun - and enjoyed hearing how it all started…

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  • Mrs. Slm Drumm
  • 09-19-22

Fabulous production, loved every minute!

The whole cast, production , dialogues and story line are amazing throughout, thank you! Hilarious, entertaining and witty, , Simon Brett's narrative and tone are unparalleled!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-22

As ever I enjoyed this audio book, but….

I enjoyed this audio book, as I have done with all the Charles Paris series, however as a listener to all of them I found this one a bit disjointed in time. Charles is supposed to have burned his flat down a few audio books ago, yet this happens at the start of this book?

The whole feeling is one of the characters not being as mature to the ear of the listener as in previous stories.

Still a good listen and I can recommend it.

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  • Osric UK
  • 09-05-22

bad encoding by audible.

As good as this episode is, I think I've heard it before. is this a release of an older story. and no not because it's been on radio. I'm sure.


I pre-orderred this title, and was told it could be downloaded on date of release, which I did, it stuck midway through the first episode, wouldn't play, then I removed it from my library and downloaded it again. it stuck 10 minutes into episode 4. I've re-downloaded it stuck again. it is not my broadband. it has done the same on any device I've tried to play it on. NOT ON audible sort it out.

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  • StevieBee
  • 09-04-22

Not as good

I found this story not so interesting as others and was quite disappointed. Bill Nighy still plays the part well.

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