Jeremy Front's radio adaptation of Simon Brett's 'The Dead Side Of The Mic' for the BBC is a hoot! This is substantially due to Bill Nighy's wonderfully detailed characterisation of the hero of the narrative, actor/sleuth Charles Paris. His long-suffering wife Frances (played with sympathetically jaded aplomb by Suzanne Burden) and highly irritating daughter Juliet (gratingly personified by Tilly Gaunt!) are also vividly realised.
The labyrinthine shenanigans of murder most foul and scandal within the hallowed halls of Broadcasting House makes for a highly entertaining couple of hours listening. Mr Nighy is clearly enjoying every moment (and so did I!)
The script is tight and lucid and ofttimes very funny indeed. Sally Avens' exemplary direction breathes real life into the tawdry tale. The sound design and incidental music are spot on.
This was my first encounter with the work of Mr Brett. The splendid recording, briefly described here, has definately given me an appetite to explore his novels further.