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 names of the leading characters were developed from the characters in Alan Plater's earlier series Get Lost! (1981). When the actors had to be re-cast, Plater looked for new names for what were similar characters. Neville Keaton from 'Get Lost' was a woodwork teacher who liked jazz and football. For the Beiderbecke Trilogy, he became Trevor Chaplin, Keaton and Chaplin being two of Plater's comic heroes. Judy Threadgold from 'Get Lost' was an English teacher and an environmentalist who had been named in homage to Sunderland A.F.C. goalkeeper Harry Threadgold. For the Beiderbecke Trilogy, she became Jill Swinburne, named after Newcastle United F.C. goalkeeper Tom Swinburne. See more »

Quotes

Chief Supt. Forrest: [On Hobson] What do you make of him?
Joe: Compared to what, sir?
Chief Supt. Forrest: Exactly.
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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Cryin' All Day
Written by Frankie Trumbauer and Chauncey Morehouse
Performed by Bix Beiderbecke
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It doesn't get any better than this!
8 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you think "CAddyshack" or "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" are the funniest thing on earth, this is not for you. If you love cool jazz and warm humour prepare for a treat.

It's not just the script, although Alan Plater is undoubtedly a genius.

It's not just the acting, although not a gesture is out of place, every nuance in its place.

It's not just the soundtrack, although the Beiderbecke-inspired jazz soundtrack is superb in every respect.

It's the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Pace? Who needs it. This is a series which proves beyond doubt that frenetic, fast-paced comedy is *not* the be-all and end-all. This is comedy to be enjoyed with a glass of wine and the life partner of your choice; it is as British as chips and brown ale, it is timeless. Watching it again twenty years on it is as perfect as it was on first viewing.


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