The Beiderbecke Affair - Complete Series [VHS] 
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All six episodes of first of Alan Plater's comedy drama series. Woodwork teacher and jazz buff Trevor Chaplin (James Bolam) has always fantasized that a beautiful blonde will enter his life and simultaneously provide him with rare recordings of his hero Bix Beiderbecke. Unlikely as it seems, this is just what happens one evening when Trevor is at home in his flat. It is an encounter which will ultimately involve him and his colleague, independent political campaigner Jill Swinburne (Barbara Flynn), in exploding lawnmowers, political corruption and the strange world of 'black economists' Big Al (Terence Rigby) and Little Norm (Danny Schiller).
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It's set in Leeds, in the early 1980s, and the main characters are a couple of secondary-school teachers. Beyond this, it gets hard to summarise. Not to give too much away, it involves a Cubs football match, a multi-storey car-park, a policeman with a University degree, a dog called Jason - and the music of Bix Beiderbecke, the first great white jazz musician: they said his playing sounded like bullets, shot from a bell.
I'll stop trying to explain it. The series is unique. You'll run into Beiderbecke fans in unlikely places for the rest of your life. They're good people. Try it.
Alan Plater creates real people, flawed, humourous, even sometimes dull and allows his plot to meander over six episodes into an examination of local politics, corruption, relationships and jazz.
Barbara Flynn and James Bolam are excellent in the lead roles, ably supported by Terence Rigby and Sue Jenkins. Its offbeat, low key and a real treat. You won't be sure what happens next and you won't care because you'll be enjoying it too much.
Extras aren't needed because at this price and 300 minutes of 'The Beiderbecke Affair' you have real value for money. Imagine 'The Long Goodbye' meets 'Last Of the Summer Wine' with a Kenny Ball soundtrack. Do indulge yourself and buy it.
A perfect antidote to the modern day soaps and cookie cutter rehashed rubbish that sits smugly across our modern day TV schedules. Remind yourself that TV used to be capable of intelligence and originality.
I only wish that he would update another and continuous series with that of present day corruption in the political arena and all the woes of social and ecological decline. We might get that kick in the pants which all the messages the Greens are encouraging us to change our ways in a manner which society will encompass and take our responsibilities seriously.
The B/B trilogy is undisputably one in the most fundamental ways in which life in the UK could become more honest, fun and intriguing if everyone stopped being frighetend of everyone else. Please much more of the same!
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Terrific camera work..... outdoor shots of Leeds excellent. Off beat dialogue brings out best of James Bolam, but sadly look at him now!!Published on 29 Jan. 2011 by Fred
"The Beiderbecke Affair" has just made it across the Atlantic and into Canada.
An earlier Amazon USA reviewer described the writing of this British series as brilliant. Read more