Written by: Alan Plater
Directed by: David Reynolds, Brian Parker, Frank W. Smith, and Alan J. W. Bell
Starring: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Terence Rigby, Dominic Jephcott
- Photo gallery
- Three disc set, two episodes per disc
Released by: Goldhil Home Media
Anamorphic: N/A; presented in its original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Rent It if you’re an Anglophile.
Trevor Chaplin (Bolam) and Jill Swinburne (Flynn) are teachers (woodwork and English respectively) and while they have their own passions (jazz music and the environment respectively), they also have a passion for each other. One day Trevor orders some records by the obscure jazz artist Beiderbecke (remember, this is 1984) for a very good price from a platinum blonde door-to-door saleswoman. Unfortunately, he gets the wrong records delivered. He then discovered that a fellow teacher received an explosive hedge trimmer from the same blonde. Chaplin and Swinburne decide to investigate who this woman is and how to get those Beiderbecke albums. Along the way they meet: Big Al (Rigby), whose development of ‘The White Economy’ has made some enemies; Det. Sgt. Hobson (Jephcott), whose college degree and distrust of eccentricity makes him a thorn in the side and a possible ally; an ex-girlfriend; and other odd people. As they struggle through bureaucracy and corruption, will Trevor and Jill save the day and define their relationship?
The extras are a bit of a disappointment. The only thing on the discs is a photo gallery. I can forgive the DVD set for not having production shots, it’s doubtful they took any during its making. But the photo galleries on all three discs have the same exact shots. How difficult would it have been to have separate galleries contain shots from the two episodes included on the discs? Much less any kind of documentary or commentary from those involved with the show. But ah well. If you enjoy British television, check out this forgotten gem.