A Reconstructed Corpse (BBC Radio Crimes)

  • by Simon Brett
  • Narrated by Bill Nighy
  • 1 hrs and 52 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Bill Nighy returns as Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband, and dipsomaniac. Desperately in need of work, having been kicked out of his marital home, Charles jumps at playing a missing property developer in a crime-reconstruction program. But the missing person case soon turns to murder when severed body parts begin to appear.
Television ratings soar as the public tune in to discover every gory detail of the case. The raging egos and jealous maneuverings of the producers, presenters, and the police provide a long list of suspects for Charles as he pieces together a macabre jigsaw puzzle of murder.
Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, and Jon Glover are among the star cast in this enjoyable mystery, dramatised by Jeremy Front.

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A superb rendition!

A superb BBC adaptation with a fantastic cast! Keep them coming they are really enjoyable!
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- S. M. A. John

Another winner from the Charles Paris Radio Series

I am a big fan of this series, and am very happy to say that this title maintains the high standards of previous episodes.

Charles has some TV work, in which he will be playing a missing person on behalf of a true crime re-enactment show. The show is being filmed in Brighton, and Charles will be staying in a posh hotel provided by the TV production company.

So far, so good; but of course this is Charles Paris, and no sooner has he completed his initial filming duties when a severed limb is found, and the tone of the show changes from missing person to potential murder hunt. Consequently, Charles needs to stay in Brighton for additional filming, and so he invites his long-suffering and semi-detached wife, Frances, to join him so that they can celebrate 35 years of ‘divorce avoidance’.

Of course, being Charles, he can’t resist poking his nose into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the severed limb, and certain loose ends lead him to decide that further investigation is called for. This would be standard fare for regular readers, but in this case Charles is joined during his investigation by Frances, and their banter (always a highlight of the series) had me laughing out loud.

Script is, as ever, crisp and precise, with the usual excellent performances throughout.

If you are a fan of radio comedy, or simply have a car journey coming up, you are going to love this…
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- Colin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-03-2012
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited