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