The Beiderbecke Affair (1985)

1985 | UK | Alan Plater★★★★★

Starring the wonderful pairing of James Bolam and Barbara Flynn, Alan Plater's hugely entertaining The Beiderbecke Affair is a rambling six-part comic thriller – a follow-up of sorts to the equally enjoyable Get Lost! (1981) – packed with jazz, political satire, charismatic performances, and incomparable dialogue.

"Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Swinburne teaches English and wants to help save the planet. Trevor tries to buy some jazz records but this leads to meeting a 'dazzlingly beautiful platinum blond', a suspicious detective sergeant and a strange pair of men running a junior football team. Big Al and Little Norm agree to help Trevor and Jill with their school supplies problems. Jill decides to stand as a local councillor. A tale of 'Black Economies', council corruption and many strange characters all set to a background of Bix Beiderbecke." IMDb

See also:
The Beiderbecke Trilogy (1984-88)
Stotty's 1980s Favourites