Length: 660 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 1 January 1970
Cat No: 7952536
Screen ratio 1:1.33
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The Beiderbecke Trilogy
Cast: Dudley Sutton , Colin Blakely , Beryl Reid , Barbara Flynn , Terence Rigby , James Bolam , Malcolm Story , Danny Schiller , Keith Marsh , James Grout , Frank Ricotti , Keith Smith , Stephen Tomlin , Sean Scanlon , Alison Skilbeck , Dominic Jephcott , Ian Bleasdale
The entire comedy drama series from Alan Plater. In ’The Beiderbecke Affair’ (1984), woodwork teacher and jazz buff Trevor Chaplin (James... Read More
An unusual and extremely enjoyable series from the 1980s, the Beiderbecke serials were thrillers with two normal, everyday protagonists. James Bolam, best known for The Likely Lads, stars as Trevor, a laconic woodwork teacher who loves jazz and has a relationship with divorced English teacher Jill (Barbara Flynn - a great, underrated actress). Each episode sees them in an unforeseen intrigue, such as when they accidentally obtain a tape detailing plans to dump nuclear waste in the Yorkshire dales.
The plots are engaging and enjoyably rambling, but the real joy of the series lies in the interplay between the two likeable leads. (At one point Barbara snaps to Trevor: "I give you fair warning, Mr Chaplin. If you get engaged to that girl, I shall insist you move into the spare room.") The zingy dialogue from screenwriter Alan Plater has drawn favorable comparison to the beloved Thin Man comedies from the 1930s and 40s. The third star of the show of course is the music with the jazz score superbly capturing the mood of Bix Beiderbecke's legendary style.