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The Beiderbecke Tapes [DVD] [1987]

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  • Actors: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Dudley Sutton, Malcolm Storry, Keith Smith
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov. 2003
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C24GB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,185 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sequel to 'The Beiderbecke Affair'. Teachers Trevor Chaplin (James Bolam) and Jill Swinburne (Barabara Flynn) 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.

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Format: VHS Tape
The second part of a trilogy starring James Bolam & Barbara Flynn, a classic of black humour which could only be made in Britain!
Strange goings on with the police, the wrong tapes which find thier way in to the wrong hands and cause all sorts of underhand dealings with various dodgy council members.
Lots of great Jazz and the kind of script which you will be quoting well after you watch.
For the best, watch The Beiderbecke Affair first. then The Beiderbeck Tapes, and finally the Beiderbecke Connection.
The only dissapointment is that Alan Plater didn't write even more!
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The mixture of jazz, corruption and political intrigue again weaves its magic for the followers of Jill and Trevor . Our intrepid teachers from Leeds get involved (via the inevitable local Jazz scene)with a man with no name ,called Peterson who seeks some missing tapes . Their journey takes them to Edinburgh via Amsterdam and ends with some startling revelations . Another star performance ,but when will we see the 'connection'?
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I had forgotten about this cerebral quintessential gem of British comedy until recently. I remember watching the Beiderbecke series when I was a child and was amused by the dialogue, even though I didn't appreciate the deeper issues Alan Plater was making.
It has everything quality programmes should, an excellent thought provoking script, plot, excellent characters, played to perfection by the assembled cast, punchy witty dialogue which you just want to quote and a cracking soundtrack. It defines what quality British comedy programmes are and should be. It attacks the failures of British society in an understated, intelligent, dark and quirky way.
Despite being nearly twenty years old the issues raised by Alan Plater are as valid today as then i.e. the acivities of a secretive, authoritarian and overbearing state over the people it is meant to serve. This is particularly the case given the current administrations control freakery, micro management, message spinning, erosion of civil liberties and a blatant disregard for the process of government, which all go unchecked.
Yet despite the need for such programmes of social comment I doubt that any channel would find room for such programmes in their dumbed down audience driven schedules. So the next best thing is to buy this series and enjoy as they say in jazz "uhmm fresh".
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The Beiderbecke Tapes, (1987), is a light-hearted British mystery/comedy/drama, in the format of a television series. It's a two-part sequel to the Beiderbecke Affair, made by Yorkshire TV, set in that part of the U.K, I imagine, two years after the events of the "Affair." The series was broadcast in the U.S. on public TV in the 1990s, along with the The Beiderbecke Affair [DVD] [1985]and The Beiderbecke Connection [DVD] [1988].

It finds teachers/amateur investigators Jill Swinburne (Barbara Flynn) and Trevor Chaplin (James Bolam) dodging mysterious armed men in gray, apparently with some government secret service or another, who seem to want their copy of an ordinary jazz tape. As it turns out, the cassette doesn't contain music by American jazz artist Bix Beiderbecke. Instead, it has apparently captured something far more valuable. The set comes boxed; two DVDs, two episodes, one per disk, that runs approximately 154 minutes. Unfortunately, there are no subtitles. And the cast, from Bolam and Flynn - each of whom has frequently appeared in entertainments set in this part of the world, Bolam in The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner [DVD] [1962], among others; and Flynn in Cracker Complete Collection [DVD] [1993], and
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Format: VHS Tape
hello readers just to say i remember this programme from the 80s and
enjoyed thw humour from barbara flynn and james bolan.. the copper
dominic jephcott played a blinder what a plonker (not mr jephcott)the
character he played. sooooo didnt do mr jephcott much justice.
thanks for your time
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