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13 December 1987 (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 [11])

James Bolam ... Trevor Chaplin (2 episodes, 1987)

Barbara Flynn ... 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)

Anthony Molloy ... Tony (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Directed by
Brian Parker (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Writing credits
Alan Plater (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
David Cunliffe .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Michael Glynn .... producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Original Music by
Frank Ricotti (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Cinematography by
Peter Jackson (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Film Editing by
David Aspinall (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Casting by
Malcolm Drury (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Production Design by
Peter Kindred (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Costume Design by
Brian Castle (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Makeup Department
Di Lofthouse .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Production Management
Ian Ferguson .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1987)
Mary Owen .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Art Department
Christine Normanton .... production buyer (2 episodes, 1987)
Stuart Pearson .... graphic artist (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Sound Department
Barrie Box .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1987)
Terry Cavagin .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Stunts
Roy Alon .... stunt double (1 episode, 1987)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Harbour .... still photographer (2 episodes, 1987)
Darren Miller .... clapper loader (2 episodes, 1987)
John G. Rogers .... chargehand electrician (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Music Department
Kenny Baker .... musician: cornet solo (2 episodes, 1987)
Allan Ganley .... musician: drums (2 episodes, 1987)
Paul Hart .... musician: violin (2 episodes, 1987)
Dave Hartley .... musician: piano (2 episodes, 1987)
Chris Laurence .... musician: double bass (2 episodes, 1987)
Don Lusher .... musician: trombone (2 episodes, 1987)
Stan Sulzmann .... musician: tenor saxophone (2 episodes, 1987)
Les Thatcher .... musician: guitar and banjo (2 episodes, 1987)
Dave Willis .... musician: bass saxophone (2 episodes, 1987)
Roy Willox .... musician: c melody saxophone (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Other crew
Keith Ansell .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1987)
Pat Brown .... production associate (2 episodes, 1987)
Ian Morley .... unit assistant (2 episodes, 1987)
Patricia Robertshaw .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1987)
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151 min (3 parts)

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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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A very British adventure (Except for the jazz...), 17 March 2005
Author: ddd3 from Oxford, England

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.

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