It's been 22 years since the public was first hooked on 'The Beiderbecke Affair' - the first instalment in what was to become Alan Plater's award winning trilogy of comedy-thrillers starring James Bolam and Barbara Flynn. They play Trevor Chaplin and Jill Swinburne, two reluctant teachers drawn into a web of intrigue when Trevor is paid a mysterious visit by a dazzlingly beautiful platinum blonde. Since that moment 'The Beiderbecke Trilogy' has held its position as one of the nation's favourite television shows, with its easy-going plots, dryly humorous dialogue, deftly-drawn characters and superb Jazz score by Frank Ricotti and legendary trumpeter Kenny Baker.
The Beiderbecke Affair (1985) All Trevor Chaplin wants is a set of Bix Beiderbecke records. All Jill Swinburne wants is to stand for the council as an independent candidate. So where does the slightly tarnished platinum blonde come in...?
The Beiderbecke Tapes (1987) Dragged into the murky world of national security, Jill and Trevor find themselves pursued and threatened by sinister grey men. But all Trevor wanted was a tape of Bix Beiderbecke music!
The Beiderbecke Connection (1988) Trevor and Jill are back - this time with a baby in tow! Taking their family addition for a walk they bump into Big Al, who asks them for a favour...