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The Beiderbecke Connection
The Beiderbecke Connection
Actors: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Dudley Sutton, Keith Smith, Dominic Jephcott
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2003

High school teachers Jill Swinburne (Barbara Flynn) and Trevor Chaplin (James Bolam) are your average everyday couple. Except that they're not married. Except they refer to their six-month-old son as "First-Born" because t...  more »


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Actors: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Dudley Sutton, Keith Smith, Dominic Jephcott
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Goldhill Home Media
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/11/2003
Release Year: 2003
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Superb conclusion
J. Whitworth | UK | 04/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This makes a superb conclusion to Alan Plater's brilliant Beiderbecke trilogy. The locations deserve a special mention - they really sum up North England in the 1980s! Just one gripe - where's The Beiderbecke Tapes?"
Harold Wolf | Wells, IN United States | 01/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Now, 3 sets available, this is the mystery/adventure conclusion of a pair of teachers turned lovers. A funny British subtle comedy/mystery that follows Acorn Media releases of "THE BEIDERBECKE AFFAIR" & "THE BEIDERBECKE TAPES". All recommended. Each stands as a separate season, but you'll want to see the entire trilogy.

In the finale (4 episodes but one meshed plot) Jill and Trevor, yet unmarried, are now with child. It's named "Firstborn", a fine example of the subtle humor, and witty dialogue chucked full of continual one-liners. Throughout the episodes the plot includes school supply shortages, a refugee live-in (perfect since he's a Jazz lover and Bix Beiderbecke fan), police surveillance, a thief in residence, an ex-hubby invasion, and assorted crime mystery. Interspersed is the homey romance of Jill (Barbara Flynn--"Murder Most English" worth checking out) & Trevor (James Bolam) who now loves Jill as much as Jazz and music by Bix Beiderbecke.

You have to love the British ways of mirth, wry, and the expressionless deliveries. It's done to perfection in the Beiderbecke trilogy DVD sets. You'll even enjoy the background 1920s-style award winning Jazz music.

Romance is keener in this final series, even with the lover's torts and retorts still flowing. And the shots of wee Firstborn are darling. Un-certificated family love and joy. Trevor is still the uninspiring shop teacher, but more romantic toward Jill, and in her words, "he tried maturity-didn't fit him." Jill, yet English teacher and protector of the wayward, leads the way for family and friends, keeping crime and right in perspective.

It's listed under British Mystery, ah, but it should also be under droll comedy and realistic romance. It's not rated, but good for the whole family.
Fix yourself a spot o' tea, a tray of biscuits (cookies), and expect dry UK entertainment. If you relate to the subtle British humor, it's bully, or crackin', or Yorkshire friendly.

Recommendation is buy all 3:
then be sad because, being a trilogy, there will be no more.