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The Beiderbecke Affair 

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 »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 Keith Smith ...  Mr. Wheeler 6 episodes, 1985
Danny Schiller Danny Schiller ...  Little Norm 5 episodes, 1985
Colin Blakely ...  Chief Supt. Forrest 4 episodes, 1985
Keith Marsh Keith Marsh ...  Harry 4 episodes, 1985
Alison Skilbeck Alison Skilbeck ...  Helen / ... 3 episodes, 1985
Sue Jenkins Sue Jenkins ...  Janey 3 episodes, 1985
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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. Trevor tries to buy some jazz records but this leads to meeting a "dazzlingly beautiful platinum blond", a suspicious detective sergeant and a strange pair of men running a junior football team. Big Al and Little Norm agree to help Trevor and Jill with their school supplies problems. Jill decides to stand as a local councillor. A tale of "Black Economies", council corruption and many strange characters all set to a background of Bix Beiderbecke. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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English

Release Date:

6 January 1985 (UK) See more »

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(6 parts)

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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[Sergeant Hobson has warned Big Al that using the church crypt as a warehouse contravenes planning regulations]
Big Al: The town planners have moved in like a wolf on the fold.
Trevor Chaplin: I believe they tend to do that.
Big Al: If we don't get all that gear out of the church basement by the weekend, we're all pencilled-in for deportation, solitary confinement, loss of privileges, discharge with ignominy, boiling in oil... or a small fine.
Trevor Chaplin: All that for breaking the town planning regulations?
Big Al: I think you get a choice - I ...
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Connections

References Jules and Jim (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Cryin' All Day
Written by Frankie Trumbauer and Chauncey Morehouse
Performed by Bix Beiderbecke
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corking soundtrack
6 August 2004 | by Andy BolstridgeSee all my reviews

As some reviews have said "A jazz soundtrack paces this British series, adding more mystery to the lovers' quest for the truth" and "This outlandishly funny series weaves quirky characters, witty dialogue and a wonderfully smooth, jazz soundtrack into a uniquely satisfying, entertainment experience."

Well, that's not how I'd describe it.. The jazz soundtrack is fabulous, Bix Beiderbecke tracks blast through the slow bits in between the meat of the show, making this a truly immersive, grab-you-by-the-ears and drag-you-along series.

Oh yeah, the dialog, plot, setting are all excellent too - if you haven't seen it, it's worth the 9.3 rating at time of writing this!


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