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 ... See full summary »
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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)
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 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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good but could have been better
11 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Oh dear. After "Affair" I was hoping for more from "Tapes". When you get a winning formula don't tinker with it.

"The Beiderbecke Affair" delivered school teachers Trevor Chaplin (James Bolam) and Jill Swinburne (Barbara Flynn) and an ensemble of slightly offbeat characters telling a story of corruption in high places. Everything was right – the acting, the delivery, the music..

Now the offbeat nature is a bit more exaggerated. Previously 6 one hour episodes allowed the viewer to soak up the show without being bombarded. Now 2 90 minute episodes is guilty of forcing the issue. Of the characters from "Affair" we are left with only the teachers and they were never in the top rank first time around. And Chaplin & Swinburne are now automatically deemed to be cool so a bit of mystique disappears.

This is still worth watching. Good stuff, witty and charming but you get the feeling that it was rushed to screen!


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