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Charles Paris returns in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Simon Brett’s humorous theatrical mystery, starring Bill Nighy. 

A job in pantomime seems the perfect way to spend the Christmas season for Charles, but the cast of Cinderella are a motley crew from reality TV and Charles finds himself having to explain the traditions of panto to their baffled American star whose career is on a downward trajectory. 

When the star is shot dead, and Charles finds the body, he finds himself under suspicion. As the slapstick makes way for a murder investigation, he decides to clear his name by doing some sleuthing of his own. With a host of suspects and the body count rising, the line 'they're behind you' soon begins to take on a very sinister meaning indeed.... 

Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Skylight, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) stars as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as his wife Frances, in this funny and fast-paced dramatisation by Jeremy Front. 

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

©2017 Simon Brett and Jeremy Front (P)2017 BBC Digital Audio

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Jeremy Front, smashing

the only negative about this performance is waiting the 6 to 12 months for another. favorite lines: Charles " I can see your centerpiece" Frances: "if that line isn't in the panto, I'm not going" hilarious!

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Chares Paris Does It Again

Good story that is very well acted. I love the way the characters interact. Lay back and enjoy.

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Bill Nighy is a treat

The cast and performances (esp. Bill Nighy) are the reasons to listen to these charming but not terribly well plotted mysteries.

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A delight.

I love the Charles Paris stories. Bill Nighy is perfect in the role. I laughed out loud (very loud) on many occasions. The stories are very English, as are the characters , perhaps that should read eccentric, but that just adds to their charm. Can't wait for more of them.

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Still crackling!

Done with the usual wit and verve of all players (although attempted American accents were kinda ... odd).

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Fun performance

I loved it. I enjoyed the performance. I really enjoy the theatrical performance books. This was very entertaining.

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Charles Paris Rules

Bill Nighy and Suzanne Burden are fabulous as always as Charles and Frances. Another smashing time with the whole crew. The different rings on Charles’ phone alone are worth the credit.

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wonderful stuff!!

great cast, hysterically funny. bill night is superb. please get more of these! highly recommended!

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  • 08-10-17

Brilliant

Loved it straight from the start thanks to the great Bill Nighy and cast. Would like it to have been longer but thoroughly enjoyed. Would highly recommend.

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  • 07-23-18

One of the funniest so far..

I listen to books to go to sleep to... this has me laughing so much.. I gave up on sleep... love these books..❤️

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  • John Wilkins
  • 07-01-17

Of course it was wonderful

Mr Nighy and the usual suspects. How could it be less than wonderful. Plus the song at the end. Christmas day you can listen to this as well as watch Wonderful World

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  • Patricia Kelly
  • 01-20-22

Excellent as always

I have listened to many of these audiobooks. Absolutely love them, they make me laugh even though I have listened to them all several times. This one has me stumped though as the granddaughter has changed names from Angela to Olive! Why?

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  • Mark Lucas
  • 12-02-21

Brilliant!

A real delight, lovely script and beautifully acted… splendid timing for the laughs.. highly recommended and I have replayed several times!

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  • j t connolly
  • 09-20-20

A Nice Change

These Charles Paris stories are very amusing. They would have made great TV but I doubt they are PC enough with the drinking and unhealthy eating habits. They are a bit pricey 1 credit for 2 hours but it saves waiting for them to come on 4 Extra and make a change from heavier fare.

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  • Bex
  • 09-15-20

Can't beat this dramatisation

Excellent cast as always. Great story that keeps you guessing til the end and some funny moments to make your tea come out of your nose.

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  • S. M. A. John
  • 04-23-20

Bill Nighy as Charles Paris.

A superbly piece of audio drama. The BBC at its best! Keep up the excellent work thus is needed more than ever!

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  • Anne Wake
  • 12-28-19

Wonderful story

Really enjoyed this audio book. Not like audio theatre at its very best. Bill Nye never disappoints.

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  • 12-28-19

Vintage Bill Nigh

An extremely witty, sharp, and enjoyable piece delivered wonderfully. You can tell they enjoyed performing in this.