The Beiderbecke Collection [DVD]
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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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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..."
Persevere though, it's worth the hassle.
Still, if you enjoy comedy, and the triumph of the little person against the organisation, get these asap.
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.
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.
It does now look rather dated.
Very enjoyable and the interaction between the two lead characters is superb.
Well written and acted.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a feel good collection to view with a large cup of tea.Published 4 months ago by Mrs A Gardner-Cole
I never tire of this series I still think it's funny and the music sublime it was a super buy , very happy thanks.Published 18 months ago by mrs elizabeth bell
I enjoyed this series when it was originally on TV, and although by todays standards, it may seem a little "dated" in some respects, it is still a very enjoyable series.Published on 14 Feb. 2014 by Geoff H
This was a great series. I had the set on VHS, but decided to replace it.
Just wish it was also on audio book.
Even though the series wasn't made all that long ago, it's a trip down memory lane. Its very interesting to see how Leeds has changed since that era. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2013 by Sortean