8.7/10
261
5 user 1 critic

The Beiderbecke Tapes 

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 »
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1987  
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Beiderbecke Connection (TV Mini-Series 1988)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Chapman teaches English and wants to help save the planet. They live together and just want a quiet life. Since their last ... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Terence Rigby
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

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 »

Stars: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Dominic Jephcott
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Terry is divorced from his German wife and has a Finnish girlfriend Christina. At Thelma's suggestion they join her and Bob on a caravan holiday but due to a mishap the men get separated ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Tuchner
Stars: Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A British agent is sent to Berlin to receive a Communist defector, but the true situation turns out to be rather more complicated.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Michael Caine, Oskar Homolka, Paul Hubschmid
Alas Smith & Jones (1984–1998)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones present a series of short (often tasteless, always scathing) sketches about modern life and the stupidity and gullibility of those who believe in it.

Stars: Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, Geoffrey McGivern
Dinnerladies (1998–2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen.

Stars: Victoria Wood, Thelma Barlow, Andrew Dunn
Alfie (1966)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An unrepentant ladies' man gradually begins to understand the consequences of his lifestyle.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin
Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–1989)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Martin is a committee man. He has numerous schemes and committees organised around the neighbourhood. He is so obsessive about every detail of everything he does he is driving his long ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Briers, Penelope Wilton, Peter Egan
The New Statesman (1987–1992)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

In a parody of 1980s Conservatism, Rik Mayall is Alan B'Stard MP, the most machiavellian Tory of them all.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Michael Troughton, Marsha Fitzalan
Only When I Laugh (1979–1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A rather naive, middle-class man is admitted to a hospital ward and finds that he is sharing it with a working-class layabout and an upper-class hypochondriac. All three of them cause headaches for the hospital staff.

Stars: James Bolam, Peter Bowles, Christopher Strauli
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson
Short | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

After a genial spirit shows the benevolent Ebenezer Blackadder visions of his unscrupulous ancestors, he resolves to mend his generous ways.

Director: Richard Boden
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Trevor Chaplin 2 episodes, 1987
...
 Jill Swinburne 2 episodes, 1987
...
 Mr. Carter 2 episodes, 1987
...
 Mr. Peterson 2 episodes, 1987
Keith Smith ...
 Mr. Wheeler 2 episodes, 1987
...
...
 John the Barman / ... 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Longden ...
 Mr. Pitt / ... 2 episodes, 1987
...
 Charlie the Gravedigger / ... 2 episodes, 1987
Judy Brooke ...
 Yvonne Fairweather 2 episodes, 1987
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music | Mystery

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 December 1987 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 parts)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Follows The Beiderbecke Affair (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Cryin' All Day
Written by Frankie Trumbauer and Chauncey Morehouse
Performed by Bix Beiderbecke
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A very British adventure (Except for the jazz...)
17 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

This, the 2nd in the 'Beiderbecke' trilogy, frequently seems to get squeezed out between the 'Affair' and the 'Connection' (Even the 'TV shows on DVD' site doesn't seem to know it exists), which is odd because this is in every way as good as its predecessor and its successor.

The plot is so simple that it's almost non-existent. Trev comes into possession of some tapes that don't contain jazz, and the secret service become interested. If you've seen either of the other two in the series you'll know just where this is going. Laughs and bewilderment abound, and I actually didn't work out what was going on until almost the end, by which time I had a slight inkling, but no more.

Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, Big Al and Little Norm had to be replaced by other characters, but even so, the show is worth watching just for the scene at the end of part one where the secret service man is checking Trev's tapes...

I normally steer clear of words like 'Sublime', but in this case, if you accept the definition 'inspiring awe; "well-meaning ineptitude that rises to empyreal absurdity" (M.S.Dworkin)' then, just this once, I'm going to use it.

It qualifies, dammit.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

This week on "The IMDb Show," La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz shares some "secret" information about his new spy-thriller series, "Counterpart." Plus, Kevin Smith lets us in on his favorite Sundance movies of all time.

Watch the show