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Episode 1

by Jeremy Front
Based on the novel by Simon Brett

Charles takes on the role of a lookalike in a crime
reconstruction programme. But a missing person
case soon turns to murder.

Charles ..... Bill Nighy
Frances ..... Suzanne Burden
Maurice ..... Jon Glover
Angie ..... Alex Rivers
Rob Garston ..... Adam Billington
Chloe Earnshaw ..... Francine Chamberlain
Greg Marchmont ..... Carl Prekopp
Superintendent Sorsby ..... Gerard McDermott
Zoe/Receptionist ..... Jane Whittenshaw
Actor/PC/Steward ..... Rikki Lawton

Directed by Sally Avens

Bill Nighy returns as the irrepressible Charles Paris: unsuccessful actor, bad husband and dipsomaniac. Charles is once again in need of work and to make things worse he's been kicked out by Frances after inadvertently starting a riot outside her house. Any job will do so when he is offered work in a crime reconstruction programme playing a missing property developer he leaps at the chance. But a 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 manoeuvrings of the producers, presenters and the police soon provide a long list of suspects for Charles to investigate as he pieces together a macabre jigsaw puzzle of murder.

Simon Brett has written numerous Charles Paris novels, which have been used as the basis for the Radio 4 series by Jeremy Front.

Release date:

30 minutes

Last on

Fri 2 Mar 2012 11:30

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