The Beiderbecke Affair (1985)

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Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Swinburne teaches English and wants to help save the planet. Trevor tries to buy some jazz records but this leads to ... See full summary »

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 Trevor Chaplin (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Jill Swinburne (6 episodes, 1985)
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 Det. Sgt. Hobson (6 episodes, 1985)
Terence Rigby ...
 Big Al (6 episodes, 1985)
Dudley Sutton ...
 Mr. Carter (6 episodes, 1985)
Keith Smith ...
 Mr. Wheeler (6 episodes, 1985)
Danny Schiller ...
 Little Norm (5 episodes, 1985)
Colin Blakely ...
 Chief Supt. Forrest (4 episodes, 1985)
Keith Marsh ...
 Harry (4 episodes, 1985)
Alison Skilbeck ...
 Helen / ... (3 episodes, 1985)
Sue Jenkins ...
 Janey (3 episodes, 1985)
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Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Swinburne teaches English and wants to help save the planet. Trevor tries to buy some jazz records but this leads to meeting a "dazzlingly beautiful platinum blond", a suspicious detective sergeant and a strange pair of men running a junior football team. Big Al and Little Norm agree to help Trevor and Jill with their school supplies problems. Jill decides to stand as a local councillor. A tale of "Black Economies", council corruption and many strange characters all set to a background of Bix Beiderbecke. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The episode titles "What I don't understand is this...", "Can anybody join in?", "We call it the white economy", "Um... I know what you're thinking", "That was a very funny evening" and "We are on the brink of a new era, if only..." are the opening lines of each episode. See more »

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[over school dinner, discussing the attempts to frighten them]
Trevor Chaplin: I still think it's a lot of fuss about a dead cat.
Jill Swinburne: *You* wouldn't have liked it.
Trevor Chaplin: I had a noose and I didn't scream.
Jill Swinburne: You big brave macho incredible hulk, you.
Trevor Chaplin: I just got up on the desk and took it down.
[Trevor chuckles]
Trevor Chaplin: As my mother used to say, "no noose is good noose".
Jill Swinburne: Gordon Bennett!
Trevor Chaplin: You don't even like cats.
[...]
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References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

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Cryin' All Day
Written by Frankie Trumbauer and Chauncey Morehouse
Performed by Bix Beiderbecke
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Brilliantly original work from the pen of Alan Plater
8 February 2004 | by (Liverpool, UK) – See all my reviews

Set in and around Leeds in the North of England, Trevor Chaplin and Jill Swinburne are teachers in a typical secondary school. Trevor is a jazz freak whilst Jill is an eco-activist. They stumble across some nefarious goings on in the local community and with the help of some unlikely characters solve a tangled web of corruption.

The humor in this show is absolutely top notch both in situations and dialog and although I have seen it a couple of times, it never seems to get stale. I love this show.


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