Monday, March 01, 2010

Mysteries on TV: The Beiderbecke Connection and Matlock, New This Week on DVD

Mysteries on TV

, your source for the most complete selection of detective, amateur sleuth, private investigator, and suspense television mystery series now available or coming soon to DVD, is profiling one series that has a season DVD being released this week plus the conclusion to a British trilogy.

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Information on The Beiderbecke Trilogy: The Beiderbecke Connection

The third and final entry in , The Beiderbecke Connection, has Trevor Chaplin and Jill Swinburne settling down.

Teachers at a run-down school in Leeds, they’re new parents to a son they call Firstborn. Trevor (James Bolam) is a jazz fan; Jill (Barbara Flynn) wants to save the planet. One day a friend asks a favor: will they look after a refugee? His name is Ivan, but he’s not that terrible.

Soon Trevor and Jill are harboring criminals, under police surveillance, and trying to convince the headmaster that their new school supplies aren’t stolen goods.

The Beiderbecke Trilogy: The Beiderbecke Connection DVD set of 2 discs contain the conclusion to award-winning playwright Alan Plater trilogy, where the banter is easy and the humor wry in an offbeat adventure set to a jazzy, BAFTA-winning soundtrack. This episode originally aired as a 4-part miniseries from November through December 1988 on ITV.

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Information on Matlock: Season Four

Andy Griffith starred as Atlanta defense attorney Ben Matlock, known for charging a $100,000 fee but also known for finding the real culprit in , a crime drama that aired for six seasons on NBC before moving over to ABC for its final three seasons.

The series was created by Dean Hargrove who was also associated with the revival of the Perry Mason series, Diagnosis: Murder (in an episode of which, during its 4th season, Matlock is pulled out of retirement to defend a colleague of Dr. Mark Sloan), Jake and the Fatman, the Father Dowling mysteries, and more.

Clarence Gilyard Jr. joined the cast this season as Conrad McMasters, Matlock's private investigator, a former deputy sheriff and rodeo rider.

The Matlock: Season Four DVD set of 6 discs contain the 21 episodes (including 3 2-part episodes) that aired on NBC from September 1989 through May 1990.

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