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The Beiderbecke Collection [DVD]

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  • Actors: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Beryl Reid, Dudley Sutton, Dominic Jephcott
  • Directors: David Reynolds, Brian Parker, Alan Bell, Frank W. Smith
  • Producers: Michael Glynn, Ann W. Gibbons
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov. 2003
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C24EG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,669 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The entire comedy drama series from Alan Plater. In 'The Beiderbecke Affair' (1984), 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). In 'The Beiderbecke Tapes' (1987) Trevor and Jill find themselves plunged into another jazz-related mystery when the former purchases some Bix Beiderbecke tapes from a pub barman. Jill is intrigued when one of the tapes contains a conversation about the planned dumping of nuclear waste in the Yorkshire Dales, her curiosity being roused still further by the discovery that the barman who sold Trevor the tapes has now gone missing... The intrepid duo soon find themselves up to their necks in trouble once more as their investigation takes them from the relative safety of Yorkshire to the mean streets of Amsterdam and Edinburgh. In the final part of the trilogy, 'The Beiderbecke Connection' (1988), Trevor and Jill are still living together, and they now have a baby boy to look after as well. Their household is increased still further when old friend Big Al asks them to take in a refugee as a favour; Trevor is reluctant until he discovers that his new guest is, like him, an ardent jazz fan. However, this visitor is only the first of many who will involve Trevor and Jill in yet more intrigue and deception.

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The Beiderbecke series,affair,tapes,connection, is a unique & often sureal set of adventures. Starring the brilliant james bolam & barbara flynn.Also with dudley sutton of 'lovejoy'fame adds sparkle.This is a must have in any collection as it's top rate viewing.The 'Connection' isn't so good but still has that blend which works well.The DVD's themselves are poor with no special features,no chapter points,and don't seem to have been re-mastered. And 'Tapes' has been edited into a 150 min movie unlike the VHS issue in two parts thus only (4 stars).
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I am so glad this has finally been given the DVD treatment. Way back in the 80s I came across this wonderful comedy drama and lost my heart forever. Nothing nasty ever happens in any of these stories. The wrong kind of records are delivered and a meeting is cancelled but that's as dramatic as it gets. That's not the point though. It's a character driven gem. I could rave about James Bolam and Barbara Flynn until the cows came home but there isn't anyone in here who falls short of perfection. All the characters are wonderful, from Sergeant Hobson to Big and Little Al.
I still rate it as Alan Plater's finest moment ever. Only the second series wavered in quality at all when they take the dreaded school kids to Amsterdam (if I remember correctly) but even that was great.
This is a collection to make you smile and give you a warm squishy feeling inside. I can't recommend it enough.
Remember, "We are on the brink of a new era, if only..."
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By A Customer on 28 Nov. 2003
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Nice to have this available on DVD. It's gently paced, but wonderfully funny. Pity about the quality though. It's not just that it has not been remastered, but the quality of the print and the sound is very dubious at times. In the very first episode there is a clearly visible hair in the projection gate.
Persevere though, it's worth the hassle.
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This is a lovely comedy series - gently twisted, sardonic, and refreshing. I have longed to get the series again after half my VHS set was lost. The DVD's fill the bill nicely, although, technically, they do not make use of many possible DVD features.
Still, if you enjoy comedy, and the triumph of the little person against the organisation, get these asap.
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By A Customer on 14 Aug. 2004
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The Beiderbeck series is an excellent example of a good script and acting. However, when they transfered the show to DVD they did it in the cheapest manner they could. The quality of the picture is slightly fuzzy, but the sound is poor, particularly in the first episode of the Beiderbeck affair. They have taken a quality show and made it hard to watch.
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Comedy doesn't get more laid back than this. A fantastic reminder of pre "Rat Race" England. While I was never quite convinced by James Bolan in the lead role, the supporting cast was perfect. All the characters were totally believable.

I loved the graduate police detective. The typical school swat, alone and lost when confronted with the real World. The use of Duddley Sutton for comic interludes was pure genius.

Be warned "Biederbeck Connection" is disappointing. The second sequel was unnecessary and simply doesn't work.

I found nothing wrong with the picture quality or sound. I was

dissapointed by a complete lack of extras.

Highly recommended to anyone 40+ born outside of planet London.
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Ok, maybe a bit far fetched to make that comparison because Dudley Sutton would make a poor Max and there isn't much 'Moider'.

I fell in love with The Beiderbecke affair, quite literally due to a schoolboy crush on Barbera Flynn (although she had an overtly more sexy role in A Peculiar Practice). I'm over that now, but that means I can appreciate the subtle plot twists and dialogue (yes there is some, honest).

The music is something I've always appreciated as a backdrop to the story. I'm not that much of a jazz fan, but it does match the pace of the plot and the scenery!

Worth buying the whole set, although I note there is another box set with a free CD as this one is no longer available.
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By Biff TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2015
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A classic gentle comedy that was very much of its time.

It does now look rather dated.

Very enjoyable and the interaction between the two lead characters is superb.

Well written and acted.
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