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6 January 1985 (UK) See more »
Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Swinburne teaches English and wants to help save the planet... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 16)

James Bolam ... Trevor Chaplin (6 episodes, 1985)

Barbara Flynn ... Jill Swinburne (6 episodes, 1985)

Dominic Jephcott ... 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)

Series Directed by
David Reynolds (4 episodes, 1985)
Frank W. Smith (2 episodes, 1985)
Series Writing credits
Alan Plater (6 episodes, 1985)

Series Produced by
David Cunliffe .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1985)
Anne W. Gibbons .... producer (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Original Music by
Frank Ricotti (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Cinematography by
Peter Jackson (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Film Editing by
David Aspinall (4 episodes, 1985)
Brian Tomkins (2 episodes, 1985)
Series Casting by
Ruth Boyle (6 episodes, 1985)
Malcolm Drury (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Production Design by
Mike Long (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Costume Design by
Brian Castle (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Makeup Department
Di Lofthouse .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Production Management
Peter Lover .... unit manager (6 episodes, 1985)
Graeme MacArthur .... unit manager (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Art Department
Christine Normanton .... production buyer (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Sound Department
Terry Cavagin .... dubbing mixer (6 episodes, 1985)
John Fountaine .... boom operator (6 episodes, 1985)
Barrie Box .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 1985)
Roger Davies .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1985)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Falvey .... focus puller (6 episodes, 1985)
John Gledhill .... chargehand electrician (4 episodes, 1985)

John Ward .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Kenny Baker .... musician: cornet solo (6 episodes, 1985)
Paul Hart .... musician: violin (6 episodes, 1985)
Dave Hartley .... musician: Piano (6 episodes, 1985)
Chris Lawrence .... musician: double bass (6 episodes, 1985)
Don Lusher .... musician: trombone (6 episodes, 1985)
Frank Ricotti .... musician: vibes (6 episodes, 1985)
Stan Sulzmann .... musician: tenor saxophone (6 episodes, 1985)
Series Other crew
Diana Dunn .... title designer (6 episodes, 1985)
Philip Chambers .... stage manager (4 episodes, 1985)
Keith Ansell .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1985)
Pat Brown .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1985)
Thelma Hutchison .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1985)
Sue Taylor .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1985)
Crew believed to be complete

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320 min (6 parts)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Mr Wheeler:Are you eating, boy? You should know by now that eating is forbidden. That's why we supply school dinners.See more »
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Splendily entertaining and disturbingly prescient, 3 May 2008
Author: timsmith37 from United Kingdom

This was not the first outing for Alan Plater's schoolteacher detectives, who in 1981's Get Lost had been played admirably by Alun Armstrong and Frances Tomelty. However no-one could quibble with the re-casting. James Bolam effortlessly nails each line of the arch dialogue, while the talented Barbara Flynn has that rare quality of looking both believably ordinary and incredibly fanciable. Some wonderful British character actors also get plenty of screen time in what is effectively an ensemble piece. Colin Blakely, Keith Marsh, Danny Schiller, Robert Longden and Keith Clarke all do sterling work, but special mention must be made of Dudley Sutton's tweedy schoolmaster and Terence Rigby's saturnine Big Al, while Dominic Jephcott was a real find as the callow university educated detective. A beautifully constructed series, that remains as pertinent as ever in a society increasingly disrespectful of privacy and intolerant of eccentricity.

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