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 »

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[Sergeant Hobson has warned Big Al that using the church crypt as a warehouse contravenes planning regulations]
Big Al: The town planners have moved in like a wolf on the fold.
Trevor Chaplin: I believe they tend to do that.
Big Al: If we don't get all that gear out of the church basement by the weekend, we're all pencilled-in for deportation, solitary confinement, loss of privileges, discharge with ignominy, boiling in oil... or a small fine.
Trevor Chaplin: All that for breaking the town planning regulations?
Big Al: I think you get a choice - I ...
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Connections

Followed by The Beiderbecke Tapes (1987) 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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