What makes Charles different from other seedy, middle-aged, down at heel actors is that he can't avoid finding himself near trouble, that trouble being murder. He may be an amateur sleuth but he's patently no Poirot. Most of his brainwork is done over a large Bell's in the pub. In the still, quiet, deadly hours of the early morning, lying alone, Charles can't help wondering where he'd be if he put half as much energy into his career as he does into solving crime.
Bill Nighy stars as Charles. Simon Brett OBE has written 19 Charles Paris novels as well as many other detective novels. Jeremy Front is a dramatist and comedic writer; he has won awards for his adaptation of Sword of Honour and co-writes and stars in the series Incredible Women with his sister, Rebecca.