Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse (Dramatised)

  • by Simon Brett
  • Narrated by Bill Nighy
  • 1 hrs and 52 mins
  • original_recording Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Bill Nighy stars as Charles Paris in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast adaptation of Simon Brett's comic crime novel An Amateur Corpse. Charles is out of work again, and to make matters worse his mother has come to stay and he's no way of escaping her. So when he's offered some voiceover work by old friend, Hugo, he's delighted to get out of the house. But Hugo's marriage is in trouble: his much younger wife, Ellie, spends all her time at her Amateur Dramatic Group, and Hugo is drinking too much.
When Ellie is found drowned in their swimming pool, it seems Hugo is guilty of murder. It's up to Charles to prove his friend's innocence... Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, and Geraldine McEwan are among the star cast in this entertaining mystery, dramatised by Jeremy Front.


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I am a fan of the Charles Paris stories brought so fabulously to life by Bill Nighy, with the consummate skill of Jeremy Front, and have bought all the series they have done over the last 5 years or so. This one is still very much worth listening to but a little disappointing in a few ways. First it is quite short, at under 2 hours. Second, though it was good to meet his off-beat Mum, the part needed to be taken by someone who's voice was not so obviously famous and so with her face and character coming thriough all the time - she was Miss Marple not Mrs Paris Snr! Thirdly, the music was not taking enough of a role - just about there and not the essential, delightful part of the whole that has become a trade mark of Mr Front's wonderful re-write of Simon Brett's novels. Having said that it is well worth listening to - I recommend it because even with faults, it's good.
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- Marilyn Goode

Standout narration by Bill Nighy.

Would you listen to Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse (Dramatised) again? Why?

Yes, without a doubt. Bill Nighy does a wonderful job as Charles Paris. Lightweight plot admittedly but this is a 2 hour comedy romp which I can see myself listening to over and over again. Bill Nighy is the spark here and the wonderful rapport he has with the character who plays his long suffering wife and his agent makes this book sing!Hugely enjoyable. A 2 hour slice of fun.

What other book might you compare Charles Paris: An Amateur Corpse (Dramatised) to, and why?

I have listened to and read many of the Agatha Raisin novels by MC Beaton - these are admittedly lightweight on the crime element but brilliantly humorous yarns. The narration of Penelope Keith brings the character of Agatha alive and the way in which her performance adds something special is very like what Bill Nighy does for Charles Paris.

What about Bill Nighy’s performance did you like?

Perfect as the luckless, hapless perennially drunk and unemployable Charles!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Undoubtedly the moments of biting wit from agent Maurice giving Charles another dressing down! The comedy and banter worked well.

Any additional comments?

A brilliant production of an easygoing storyline. Comedy crime but Bill Nighy plays this perfectly!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2013
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited