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The Beiderbecke Affair

The Beiderbecke Affair is a television series produced in the United Kingdom by ITV during 1985, written by the prolific Alan Plater, whose lengthy credits to British Television since the 1960s included the preceding 4 part mini series Get Lost! for ITV in 1981. The Beiderbecke Affair has a similar style to Get Lost!, where Neville Keaton and Judy Threadgold played in an ensemble cast. Although The Beiderbecke Affair was intended as a sequel to Get Lost!, Alun Armstrong proved to be unavailable and the premise was reworked. It is the first part of The Beiderbecke Trilogy with the two sequel series being The Beiderbecke Tapes and The Beiderbecke Connection.


Danny Schiller
Danny Schiller

Little Norm

Dudley Sutton
Dudley Sutton

Mr. Carter

James Bolam
James Bolam

Trevor Chaplin

Colin Blakely
Colin Blakely

Chief Supt. Forrest

Bernard Atha
Bernard Atha

Returning Officer

Barbara Flynn
Barbara Flynn

Jill Swinburne


Name Character
Danny Schiller He was 49 , 67 years old when he died as Little Norm
Dudley Sutton He was 51 , 85 years old when he died as Mr. Carter
James Bolam He was 49 , now 88 years old as Trevor Chaplin
Colin Blakely He was 54 , 56 years old when he died as Chief Supt. Forrest
Bernard Atha He was 56 , now 95 years old as Returning Officer
Barbara Flynn She was 36 , now 75 years old as Jill Swinburne
Dominic Jephcott He was 27 , now 66 years old as Det. Sgt. Hobson
Terence Rigby He was 48 , 71 years old when he died as Big Al
James Grout He was 57 , 84 years old when he died as Mr. McAllister
Sean Scanlan He was 36 , 68 years old when he died as DC Joe
Keith Marsh He was 59 , 87 years old when he died as Harry


Name Job title
David Cunliffe Production He was 22 , now 60 years old Executive Producer
Alan Plater Writing He was 49 , 75 years old when he died Writer
David Aspinall Editing Editor
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The Beiderbecke Affair (38 years)


  • First Air Date: 1985-01-06
  • Runtime: [55] minutes
  • Number of Episodes: 6