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Episode 1

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 05 December 2012

by Jeremy Front
Based on the novel by Simon Brett.
When old friend Hugo offers Charles some voiceover work it leads him into the murky world
of Hugo's marriage and his wife's appalling am-dram group.

Charles ..... Bill Nighy
Frances ..... Suzanne Burden
Joan ..... Geraldine McEwan
Hugo ..... Paul Ritter
Ellie ...... Amaka Okafor
Saskia ..... Christine Absalom
Geoff ...... Patrick Brennan
Clive ...... Sam Alexander

Director ...... Sally Avens

Bill Nighy is back as Charles Paris, actor, alcoholic and amateur sleuth. Charles is once again out of work an event that is made worse by the fact that his mother (played by Geraldine McEwen) has come to stay whilst recovering from an operation; Joan is even driving 'St Frances of Highgate' mad. So when he bumps into old friend, Hugo, who offers him the chance of some voiceover work Charles is doubly happy; some money and a chance to get out of the house.
But a simple voice job leads Charles into Hugo's drink fuelled depressing marriage; his young wife spends most of her time at an am-dram group with some very strange members and Hugo it seems is ready to crack.

Bill Nighy has recently completed filming Richard Curtis latest film 'About Time'.
Suzanne Burden has been touring in 'Tis Pity She's A Whore' and filming 'Fresh Meat'.
Paul Ritter (Harry Potter, Henry IV, Friday Night Dinner).
BAFTA Award winning actress Geraldine McEwan makes a guest appearance as Charles' mother in this series.

Jeremy Front has dramatised several series of Charles Paris. He also co-writes with his sister, the actress Rebecca Front, the series 'Incredible Women' and is currently adapting Evelyn Waugh's 'Sword of Honour' for Radio 4.
The Charles Paris Mysteries are based on the series of novels by Simon Brett.


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