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Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Alan Plater (Oliver's Travels, A Very British Coup) returns with a second Beiderbecke mystery as quirky and fun as the first. Akin to The Thin Man movies, with its quirky characters, witty banter, and twist-filled mystery, the series stars James Bolam (New Tricks, The End of the Affair) and Barbara Flynn (Cracker, Cranford). Like The Beiderbecke Affair, Trevor and Jill's second adventure is filled with tongue-in-cheek repartee and odd characters. Broadcast on public television in the 1990s.

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"A second helping of the original, delicious meal" --The Sunday Times (U.K.)

Can’t two Yorkshire schoolteachers stay out of trouble? Not when one is a jazz fan with a knack for sleuthing. Two years after the events of The Beiderbecke Affair, Trevor Chaplin (James Bolam, New Tricks) and Jill Swinburne (Barbara Flynn, Cracker) are enjoying a calm, settled life. Then someone gives Trevor a Bix Beiderbecke tape that includes a top-secret conversation about nuclear waste. Suddenly life isn’t so quiet anymore: A man shows up at their flat and threatens to break their bones. Six armed suits start following them wherever they go.

Like The Beiderbecke Affair, Trevor and Jill’s second adventure is filled with tongue-in-cheek repartee and odd characters: a man without a name, octogenarian Americans on holiday, and the oldest suffragette in town (Beryl Reid, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy). Written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Alan Plater (A Very British Coup), it also features a jazzy soundtrack composed by BAFTA-winning musician Frank Ricotti.


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  • Actors: David Battley, James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Beryl Reid, Malcolm Storry
  • Directors: Brian Parker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001V7YZEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bonus material is filmographies of Flynn and Bolam.
Harold Wolf
The story is more satisfying, because it's on a much more realistic level.
Terry Broome
Instead, it has apparently captured something far more valuable.
Stephanie De Pue

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 5, 2009
Format: DVD
NOW FINALLY available, #2 in Alan Prater's made-for-TV trilogy. This comical "live together" pair have a fun relaxed relationship; better than most married couples. But mystery is in the making when Trevor (James Bolam) receives an audio tape (from John the Barman but intended for Dave the Wimp), which was to be Bix Beiderbecke music, but in reality is a discussion by men plotting the disposal of nuclear waste in the Yorkshire Dales. Dastardly!

Trevor had moved in with colleague, Jill. Headmaster Wheeler calls it co-inhabiting. Disapprovingly! Jill (Barbara Flynn--you'll love her in "Cranford" and "The Forsythe Saga") sees the just need to get to the truth of the tape. Dangerous! The headmaster blackmails the pair into chaperoning the school's student trip to Holland. Despicable!

Thus the action begins, that ends up mysterious, adventurous, a nuclear espionage thriller, but centered around the humorous activity of the amiable couple which occasionally becomes closer. Amorously!

The trail to Amsterdam, Edinburgh, and Yorkshire seeking the secret of the tape leads the pair into a hive of others more ruthlessly desiring the tape. Sounds scary but there's more laughs than fears.

A list of some of the oddball characters in "The Beiderbecke Tapes":
Trevor Chaplin...not quite grown-up shop teacher who slouches, mutters, and needs a haircut, but is a gentleman to Jill
Jill Swinburne...radical environmentalist and English teacher, gutsy & swanky divorcee, male magnet
Mr. Carter...teaches history and laughs at the other's school misfortunes
Mr. Peterson...dubbed 'man with no name', a breaking & entering government man, and 'the neighborhood CIA-KGB'
Mr. Wheeler...the headmaster that NOBODY likes
Sylvia...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue VINE VOICE on February 2, 2011
Format: DVD
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 Beiderbecke Affair,and The Beiderbecke Connection.

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 Loneliness of Long Distance Runner [VHS], among others; and Flynn in Cracker: The Complete Collection, and
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry Broome on December 5, 2010
Format: DVD
On the trilogy UK edition: There are no extras and the film quality is good, but not crystal clear (remember this was made before the digital age really took off). Typical of its time, this is a slow-paced, sedate, gentle, wry comedy. Today's MTV generation may find it a little toooo slow.

The three stories that make up the trilogy are executed with varying degrees of success. The first, about the "grey" economy (buying and selling "legitimate" merchandise, without all the hassle of taxes and shops rents and the kind of secret handshaking that goes on between big businesses to control the market) is the best. Trevor Chaplin's purchase of some jazz records does not go as expected. Worse, the people he's bought them from are being investigated by the police. In order to extricate himself from the mess, he and his partner, Jill Swinburn, together with Big Al and Little Norm, must deal with corruption and collusion between big business, the local council and the boys in blue (the police).

The second, the Beiderbecke Tapes, is the least satisfactory, partly due to a compromise in Location (Edinburgh substituted for Venice) and partly because the chase sequence, being very laboured, outstays its welcome very quickly. Mostly, however, it's because the McGuffin at the center of the story is totally senseless.

The final story, the Beiderbecke Connection, returns the duo to Leeds and Wakefield and their association with Big Al and Little Norm. The story is more satisfying, because it's on a much more realistic level. Jill and Trevor take in a refugee for Al and Norm, ignorant of the fact that he's wanted by the police.
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