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BFI TV Classics

The Beiderbecke Affair

Authors: Gallagher, William

  • Written by a friend of the playwright Alan Plater
  • First published book on the The Beiderbecke Affair
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With as little plot as its creator Alan Plater could get away with and as much jazz as he could manage, the 1985 television drama The Beiderbecke Affair had a far-reaching impact, inspiring sequels, novels, albums and even jazz tours. Much like its Bix Beiderbecke-style soundtrack, Plater's quietly joyous drama was unconventional, free: its narrative following the lives and relationships of its leading characters – teachers-turned-amateur detectives Trevor Chaplin (James Bolam) and Jill Swinburne (Barbara Flynn) – with a gentle, whimsical humour.

William Gallagher's illuminating study is the first critical account of this much-loved series. Drawing on interviews with cast members and musicians, the production team and Yorkshire TV executives, as well as on insights from Plater himself, Gallagher explores Beiderbecke's origins in Plater's 1981 tv drama Get Lost! before moving on to an in-depth analysis of the series itself, to reveal why such an unassuming series remains one of the best-loved examples of British television drama.

The book also includes a previously unpublished BBC Radio 4 short story featuring the character of Jill Swinburne, 'A Brief Encounter with Richard Wagner'.
 

About the authors

WILLIAM GALLAGHER is a journalist and television historian whose work has appeared in Radio Times, The Independent and the Los Angeles Times. His drama credits include: Charlie Fairhead's Diary (BBC), Crossroads (ITV) and Doctor Who (Big Finish).

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A welcome book' - Critical Studies in Television

Buy this book

eBook $28.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-84457-732-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $31.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84457-469-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Beiderbecke Affair
Authors
Series Title
BFI TV Classics
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-84457-732-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84457-732-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-469-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
144
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