The Beiderbecke Affair – Series 1

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Alan Plater’s comedy thriller series introduces the engaging amateur detective partnership of teacher Tervor Chaplin and his girlfriend Jill, beautifully played by James Bolam and Barbara Flynn. They are on the trail of the blonde saleslady who sold him an inferior set of records by Trevor’s hero, Bix Beiderbecke, the legendary jazz musician. Alan Plater’s hit comedy mystery series introduces the engaging amateur detective partnership of woodworking teacher Trevor Chaplin… More >>

The Beiderbecke Affair – Series 1

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  1. I first saw The Beiderbecke Affair and the other 2 in the series on PBS Mystery and loved it right away. The story and characters are wonderful. The Chemsity between Jill (Barbara Flynn) and Trevor (James Bolam) is very wity. Anyone who can spend a little time watching this series will be adding it to their collection. The Beidebecke Series is one of my top 10 films.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. The Beiderbeck Affair, do not purchase until GoldHill Productions have sorted out mislabelling issue, it ships with no episodes 1-2, just 3 disks in total, the one labelled disk one has episodes 5-6 burned onto it.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. Properly-done British humor, as I frequently explain to acquaintances who are puzzled by it, is probably an acquired taste. It’s certainly more subtle and intellectual than your average sitcom — Yank *or* Brit — and even when it’s topical, its popularity is likely to last. This is Series One of a terrific comedy-mystery featuring a clutch of character actors who are not in the Hollywood mold. In fact, I had never before come across James Bolam, who plays Trevor Chaplin, public school woodworking teacher in West Yorkshire, and I only knew Barbara Flynn (Jill Swinburne, English teacher at the same school and Environmentalist Party candidate for the town council) from her supporting role as Mrs. Maigret, and from _Lorna Doone_ and _The Forsyte Saga_. Dudley Sutton was an old favorite from the _Lovejoy_ series, and Colin Blakely has been marvelous in nearly all his many roles. The dialogue is frequently off-the-wall, especially when Jill and Trevor are dealing with the officious Headmaster or the semi-clueless Det. Sgt. Hobson, B.A. (a “graduate copper,” beautifully played by Dominic Jephcott), and their cautious personal relationship is believable and endearing. Trevor isn’t actually as limp as he might at first seem, and Jill isn’t nearly so independently fearless and self-sufficient as she would like to believe. The plot is also just this side of terminally bizarre, involving the “gray economy” (which Big Al refers to as the “white economy,” in an attempt to improve its image) and the lengths to which the Powers That Be will go to subvert its influence, the reappearance in Trevor’s life of his old flame, Helen of Tadcaster, and a retired bookie’s runner (with his dog, Jason) who tries, not very successfully, to make a buck as a police informant. But another major character in the series is the blighted landscape of urban Yorkshire, staring out at you as Trevor and Jill tool around town in his delapidated minivan. Finally, the very last scene, “running downhill in slow motion,” is almost worth the price of admission all by itself!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Of the 3 Disk Set,

    Disk No.1, Pictured and labelled as No.1

    does not contain Episode 1 and Episode 2

    as printed on the case and on the Label.

    It is obviously a manufacturing fault. And as it the replacement also had the same fault, I guess, a whole batch is faulty.

    All this was explained by me previously but there seems to be no internal communication with your separate departments.

    Kind regards H G

    The Beiderbecke Affair – Series 1 (3 Volume Boxed Set)
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. Be prepared to potentially recieve mis-packaged product as apparently Goldhil shipped more than a few units that had a copy of the 3rd disk mis-labelled as disk 1. Everthing looks normal but the content labeled Disk 1 is another copy of the Disk 3 contents. Thus can’t recommend that you get this as a gift for someone — won’t really be “funny”.

    Content is great (as stated in other reviews), but it might not be worth the hassel of buying anywhere other then where you can immediately check the contents for this manufacturing flaw.
    Rating: 2 / 5

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