Dancing on the Edge (2013)

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A black jazz band becomes entangled in the aristocratic world of 1930s London as they seek fame and fortune.

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 Louis (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Stanley (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Pamela (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Mr. Wax (5 episodes, 2013)
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 The Band - Joe the Trumpeter (5 episodes, 2013)
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 The Band - Clarinet (5 episodes, 2013)
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 The Band - Tenor Sax (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Mrs. Mitchell (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Gunson (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Sarah's Father (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Horton (3 episodes, 2013)
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A black jazz band becomes entangled in the aristocratic world of 1930s London as they seek fame and fortune.

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16 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well with two episodes to go I really am disappointed with this show. The trailers looked exciting, sexy and well... gripping. What have I seen instead? Stereotypes, lots of "terribly, terribly, awfully, awfully" speaking and contrived scenes.

I don't get why Stanley is so hell bent on pushing the Louis Lester Band (although it's more a one man show as the rest of the band are sidelined except the two singers). The larger of the two singers is just so wet I want to slap her around just to get some form of response that isn't "wide-eyed wonder". Jess - well just don't care what happens to her.

Where is the racism I was expecting to see? - sorry one mention of a couple on a boat wanting their cutlery changed, and seeing the same thing demonstrated in the dinner hall moments later, does not make for racial tensions.

Where is the jazz for that matter? A program about jazz should have more jazz music in it, not two full songs and a few snippets. I don't ask for much but there should be more music involved somewhere.

All the rejects from the Great Gatsby (sorry rest of the cast) are just annoying, pouty privileged spoilt brats who are ultimately forgettable.

There is only one character I want to know more about and that is the legend that is John Goodman - more of him and his rise to wealth please.

The story line is meant to be bringing Jazz to the old ballroom scene of London. While I don't know much about the history of London jazz I think it started a little earlier than 1932. The writing just seems stayed and pompous, I don't know about any of SP's work, but I am not sure I want to see other works by him. Don't get me wrong I love a slow burning thriller (Tinker Tailor TV series is as slow as it gets), but there is no "thrill" no tension, no drama - for a drama that's not good.

I don't think I am alone in thinking this, but there are just as many who love this show. Watch it for yourself, but don't expect to be knotted up with tension waiting for the next episode, instead sit back with a cold gin on ice and enjoy the costumes, scenery and lighting.


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