The Beiderbecke Trilogy DVD

Various (TV), 1988


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Film Details

Directed by Various (TV)

Produced in 1988

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

MovieMail's Review

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.

on 6th November 2006
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Film Description

The complete Beiderbecke! This tremendously popular comedy-drama detective thriller sees teacher and jazz-fan Trevor and girlfriend Jill finding themselves involved in various mysterious situations. The award winning trilogy, written by Alan Plater and starring James Bolam and Barbara Flynn, was inspired by musician Bix Beiderbecke (1903-31). Features The Beiderbecke Affair, The Beiderbecke Tapes and The Beiderbecke Connection. This is engaging, quality television.

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: Network

Length: 660 mins

Aspect ratio: 4:3

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 27th November 2006

Cat No: 7952536

Subtitles: None

DVD Extras

  • 6 discs
  • Bonus soundtrack CD
  • 'Get Lost' - all four episodes of the precursor series
  • Archive interviews with Bolam, Flynn and Plater
  • Commemorative booklet

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