The Beiderbecke Tapes (1987)

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 Trevor Chaplin (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Jill Swinburne (2 episodes, 1987)
Dudley Sutton ...
 Mr. Carter (2 episodes, 1987)
Malcolm Storry ...
 Mr. Peterson (2 episodes, 1987)
Keith Smith ...
 Mr. Wheeler (2 episodes, 1987)
Beryl Reid ...
 Sylvia (2 episodes, 1987)
David Battley ...
 John the Barman / ... (2 episodes, 1987)
Robert Longden ...
 Mr. Pitt / ... (2 episodes, 1987)
Peter Martin ...
 Charlie the Gravedigger / ... (2 episodes, 1987)
Judy Brooke ...
 Yvonne Fairweather (2 episodes, 1987)
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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. They live together and just want a quiet life. Then they meet John the barman who died but is much better now. John gave them a tape which led to meeting Dave the wimp. They find out about The Peoples Front For The Liberation of west Yorkshire. The man with no name called Mr Peterson came to see them. He was followed by the six men in grey suits. Jill goes to see The Oldest Suffragette In Town. Trevor and Jill go on a trip to Amsterdam with their class from "San Quentin High". Trevor and Jill meet The Honourable Order of Elks who are "looking for a bit of action". Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The music was played by Don Lusher (trombone), Roy Willox (melody saxophone), Stan Sulzmann (tenor saxophone), Dave Willis (bass saxophone), Paul Hart (violin), Les Thatcher (guitar and banjo), Dave Hartley (piano), Chris Laurence (double bass), Allan Ganley (drums), Kenny Baker (cornet) and Frank Ricotti (vibes). See more »

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Follows The Beiderbecke Affair (1985) See more »

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Cryin' All Day
Written by Frankie Trumbauer and Chauncey Morehouse
Performed by Bix Beiderbecke
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A television masterpiece rarely seen.
9 April 2003 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

The middle of a trilogy, unusual for a variety of reasons, none of which can really be explained. You have to see this for yourself. It helps if you like the music of Bix Beiderbecke, but anyone with a taste for quality television (two words that rarely go together) along the lines of 'Inspector Morse' will enjoy every minute of all three series, which most likely will be released as 'movies', rather than multi-part stories. Great scripts, wonderful casting and fine production values.


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