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The Beiderbecke Trilogy: The Complete Series [DVD]

4.6 out of 5 stars 184 customer reviews

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  • Actors: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Dudley Sutton, Dominic Jephcott, Terence Rigby
  • Directors: David Reynolds, Frank W. Smith, Alan Bell, Brian Parker
  • Format: Dolby, 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: 6
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: network
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018S4VBW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,533 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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I purchased this set issued by Network in the hope of an acceptable quality of sound from Series 1 (Beiderbeck Affair) as the quality of sound on the DVD's I bought from the Granada issue is so poor it spoils the enjoyment of the series. I knew it could be better as I have the same series when it was issued on VHS, the VHS version is better than the DVD from Granada. The issue from Network is much better although none are perfect when compared with the Beiderbeck Tapes etc. Picture is pretty much the same on my VHS copy and the DVD's but still OK to watch and not spoilt by very poor sound quality (well done Network) and pleased I bought it. The viewing notes booklet is also useful.
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All episodes of the three Beiderbecke series are included, along with various extras. What does not appear to be mentioned in the product details is that this set also includes the complete series of 'Get Lost', the forerunner to the Beiderbecke stories, which stars Alun Armstrong in the part later played by James Bolam. As for the Trilogy, the writing is excellent,and any series featuring James Bolam AND Barbara Flynn couldn't possibly be duff...and these certainly aren't!
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Excellent gentle comedy. Something to watch over and over. Some of the content might feel slightly old fashioned for younger viewers but some aspects still relevant today.

I had this comedy on VHS where the tape finally snapped so the DVD is a welcomed replacement of a family favourite.

The main characters all have dry humour which works really well but it is something which can be watched by anyone.
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Very enjoyable. Love it.
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Gift for self!
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brought these fr my dad he was more than happy with these
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Gently humorous. Includes a DVD of the pilot series (which has a different, less enjoyable tone and is not required to understand the 3 Bolam/Flynn stories) and a CD of the soundtrack.
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Classic TV series..I had forgotten just how good this was...brilliant.
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