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D.U.D.S. On the Fringe

Synopsis
Six-part mystery serial, written and adapted for broadcasting by Simon Brett and featuring the character of Charles Paris (Francis Matthews), actor and unwilling amateur detective. In this second episode Paris is presenting a one-man show on Thomas Hood at the Edinburgh Festival when a pop star (Hugh Laurie) is murdered during rehearsals for another play. Paris investigates, flitting between a re-visualised A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a mixed-media satire, and a late-night revue. References to Shakespeare range from Richard II to Macbeth.
Series
So Much Blood
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
26 Aug 1985 at 10:00 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
30 mins
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Producer
Martin Fisher
Writer
Simon Brett
Adaptor for Radio
Simon Brett
Cast
Frances LowJean Mariello
Francis MatthewsCharles Paris
Hugh LaurieBrian Cassells
Kim ThomsonAnna Ducan
Mark Wing DaveyMichael Vanderzee
Michael MaloneyMartin Warburton
Sarah CorperPam Northcliffe

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Macbeth; Midsummer Night’s Dream, A; Richard II
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Mystery

Notes

Textual information
So Much Blood (Gollancz, 1976)
Reviews
Michael P. Jensen discusses the Shakespeare references of this episode in his ‘Entries Play by Play’, in Richard Burt (ed)., Shakespeares After Shakespeares: An Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. Vol. 2. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006), entry 2659, p. 582.

Source: Radio Times, The Times

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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