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THE BEIDERBECKE AFFAIR

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3.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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Create by Alan Plater (A very British Coup), one of Britain's most prolific and entertaining writers, this lighthearted series centers on a pair of wisecracking schoolteachers turned amateur detectives. When Trevor Chaplin (James Bolam, New Tricks) buys a set of jazz records that go missing, he and his girlfriend, Jill (Barbara Flynn, Cracker), decide to track them down. Soon they are drawn into a mystery that includes secret meetings, black market goods, and local government corruption. With colorful characters and a soundtrack in the style of 1920s jazz great Bix Beiderbecke, this is a wry, dry romp of a mystery series. See on public television in the 1990s. 6 episodes.

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The charms of The Beiderbecke Affair aren't immediately apparent--but before long, you're hooked by this sneaky combination of screwball-inspired dialogue, off-kilter yet genuine characters, and hopelessly loopy plot. Schoolteacher and aspiring political candidate Jill (Barbara Flynn) doesn't pay much attention when her boyfriend Trevor (James Bolam) says he was sold some Bix Beiderbecke records by a beautiful platinum blonde door-to-door saleswoman. But when the wrong records arrive in the mail, Trevor sets out to correct the situation--and both he and Jill tumble into a mystery involving junior football matches, the basement of a church, an overzealous and overeducated detective sergeant, two peculiar men called Big Al and Little Norm, an ex-fiancee who is alarmingly like the current girlfriend, and a mysterious man with a dog named Jason. This British mini-series will madden anyone who expects their mysteries to feature murder, easily identifiable suspects, and a logical process of elimination--in fact, it may take a few episodes before you see this as a mystery at all. But what emerges from the seemingly random incidents is a sly sense of humor, dialogue that bounces to and fro like a badminton shuttlecock, and the engaging characters of Jill and Trevor. Flynn and Bolam have been solid character actors for decades; fans of British television will recognize their faces. It's a pleasure to have this talented pair taking the lead as two ordinary people who accidentally fall into out-of-the-ordinary circumstances. Don't let the seeming casualness of the beginning put you off--The Beiderbecke Affair grows more delightful the more you watch. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Dominic Jephcott, Terence Rigby, Dudley Sutton
  • Directors: David Reynolds, Frank W. Smith
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001HZ4K8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,483 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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