Charles Paris A Deadly Habit - Simon Brett and Jeremy Front (CDAB)

Charles Paris A Deadly Habit - Simon Brett and Jeremy Front (CDAB)
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Full cast BBC radio dramatisation, with Bill Nighy as Charles Paris and Suzanne Burden as Frances.

Actor and sleuth Charles Paris is back in this full-cast BBC radio dramatisation of Simon Brett's novel.

Locked down with his semi-detached wife Frances, Charles has thrown himself into a new career as a handyman, becoming quite the DIY expert.

He's developed muscles, stopped smoking and even cut back on the booze. Then his agent, Maurice, offers him the chance to get back on stage - and in a West End play, no less.

The star, Justin Grover, asked for him specifically: but Charles has reservations.

Grover was cocky enough when they were both young hopefuls - now he's the star of a massive TV fantasy series, Charles suspects he'll be insufferable. Sure enough, the production is a nightmare, with Justin micro-managing every detail and making impossible demands.

Before long, Charles is hitting the Scotch again - and when he drunkenly stumbles over the corpse of a cast member, he panics, leaving the body to be discovered by someone else.

But he soon regrets lying to the police, and driven by guilt and self-preservation, he resolves to find the murderer...

This sparkling adaptation by Jeremy Front stars Bill Nighy as Charles Paris, with Suzanne Burden as Frances and Jon Glover as Maurice.

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