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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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Alan Plater dies at 75
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 25 June 2010, 10:44 AM, PDT)

Alan Plater dies at 75
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 25 June 2010, 10:44 AM, PDT)

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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)
Christopher Laurence .... 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 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 »
[Helen has invited Trevor for lunch to meet her parents]
Helen:Mother's been up half the night with her stroganoff.
Trevor Chaplin:[flippantly] Well, what use is money if you haven't got your health?
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38 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
It doesn't get any better than this!, 8 January 2005
Author: Guy Chapman from United Kingdom

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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