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We are on the brink of a new era, if only...

RIP Alan Plater. I'll never think of Leeds without thinking of The Beiderbecke Affair. A Very British Coup may have been more gripping, but for me it's the whimsical W. Yorks thriller every time. After all, how can you not like a series that brought the world Big Al and Little Norm, and the Alderman What's-His-Name playing fields?

Barbara Flynn and James Bolam also help, obviously.

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Oh, bum.

Nevertheless, 'Howay the lads!'

(The last time I looked, the DVD set of Beiderbeckes was arse-achingly expensive)

Lalala I am not looking at that...

... Oh, blast.

Don't think it can have been, as we have it. And we're watching it now!

We are watching The Beiderbecke Affair right now, in Plater's honour!

We watched Trinity Tales in the mid-70s. My family still sing "everybody back to the bus".

Now I'd love to find a recording of Trinity Tales, if such a thing exists!

RIP Alan, I will dig out my Beiderbecke DVD later tonight by way of honour.

Big Al, Little Norm, and please let us not forget average-sized Mrs Swinburn. Possibly the nearest to perfect we have ever had on British television.

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