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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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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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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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The names of the leading characters were developed from the characters in Alan Plater's earlier series Get Lost! (1981). When the actors had to be re-cast, Plater looked for new names for what were similar characters. Neville Keaton from 'Get Lost' was a woodwork teacher who liked jazz and football. For the Beiderbecke Trilogy, he became Trevor Chaplin, Keaton and Chaplin being two of Plater's comic heroes. Judy Threadgold from 'Get Lost' was an English teacher and an environmentalist who had been named in homage to Sunderland A.F.C. goalkeeper Harry Threadgold. For the Beiderbecke Trilogy, she became Jill Swinburne, named after Newcastle United F.C. goalkeeper Tom Swinburne. See more »

Quotes

[rehearsing Jill's election address over the tannoy]
Trevor Chaplin: My friends, vote for Jill Swinburne. A vote for Swinburne is a vote for freedom... what's more, she's terrific in bed!
Jill Swinburne: Give me that, you stupid pillock.
Trevor Chaplin: Shh. The neighbours might hear.
Jill Swinburne: How do you switch it off?
Trevor Chaplin: You switch the switch marked "switch".
Jill Swinburne: You've probably lost me the election.
Trevor Chaplin: I might have *won* you the election!
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Connections

References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Cryin' All Day
Written by Frankie Trumbauer and Chauncey Morehouse
Performed by Bix Beiderbecke
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It doesn't get any better than this!
8 January 2005 | by Guy ChapmanSee all my reviews

If you think "CAddyshack" or "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" are the funniest thing on earth, this is not for you. If you love cool jazz and warm humour prepare for a treat.

It's not just the script, although Alan Plater is undoubtedly a genius.

It's not just the acting, although not a gesture is out of place, every nuance in its place.

It's not just the soundtrack, although the Beiderbecke-inspired jazz soundtrack is superb in every respect.

It's the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Pace? Who needs it. This is a series which proves beyond doubt that frenetic, fast-paced comedy is *not* the be-all and end-all. This is comedy to be enjoyed with a glass of wine and the life partner of your choice; it is as British as chips and brown ale, it is timeless. Watching it again twenty years on it is as perfect as it was on first viewing.


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