Set in the 1930s, a black Jazz band rises in fame and popularity while becoming entangled in an intricate web of intrigue, mystery & suspense with the elite of London society.
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2013  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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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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 Carla (6 episodes, 2013)
Paul Dixon ...
 Nazi Colonel (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Sarah (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Rosie (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Donaldson (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Mr. Wax (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Schlesinger (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Masterson (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Julian (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Harry (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Jessie (6 episodes, 2013)
Chris Storr ...
 The Band - Joe the Trumpeter (5 episodes, 2013)
Jay Phelps ...
 The Band - Trumpet 2 (5 episodes, 2013)
Charles Angiama ...
 The Band - Clarinet (5 episodes, 2013)
Oroh Angiama ...
 The Band - Bass (5 episodes, 2013)
Miles Brett ...
 The Band - Tenor Sax (5 episodes, 2013)
Trevor Edwards ...
 The Band - Trombone (5 episodes, 2013)
Cosimo Keita ...
 The Band - Drums (5 episodes, 2013)
Steve Williamson ...
 The Band - Alto Sax (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Jessie (french version) (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Lady Cremone (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Mick (4 episodes, 2013)
Maggie McCarthy ...
 Mrs. Mitchell (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Eric (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Deirdre (3 episodes, 2013)
Gerard Horan ...
 Gunson (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Mrs. Luscombe (3 episodes, 2013)
John Hopkins ...
 Prince George (3 episodes, 2013)
Rob Edwards ...
 Sarah's Father (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Horton (3 episodes, 2013)
Matthew David Hearn ...
 Police Officer (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Wesley (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Mrs. Luscombe's Maid (3 episodes, 2013)
Alexander Lovatt ...
 Boy in School Class (3 episodes, 2013)
Nicola Sloane ...
 Nurse Pollock (2 episodes, 2013)
Calvin Dean ...
 Young Man (2 episodes, 2013)
Madeleine Smith ...
 Violetta (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Prince of Wales (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Emily (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Waiter (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Strange Lady (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Hardiman (2 episodes, 2013)
Leo Chell ...
 Hospital reveller / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Josephine / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
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Set in the 1930s, a black Jazz band rises in fame and popularity while becoming entangled in an intricate web of intrigue, mystery & suspense with the elite of London society.

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4 February 2013 (UK)  »

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Dans vid avgrundens rand  »

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Janet Montgomery (Sarah ), Angel Coulby (Jessie) and Anthony Head (Donaldson) have all appeared in the TV series 'Merlin'. They played Princess Mithian, Gwen and Uther Pendragon respectively. Another Merlin connection is Sam Troughton (Prince of Wales), who is the cousin of actor Harry Melling who played Gilli in the show. See more »

Goofs

Louis Lester is shown as a Black musician leading a racially mixed band. Though Black musicians were sometimes featured as special guests with white bands in the 1930's (Coleman Hawkins with Jack Hylton and Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton with Benny Goodman), racially mixed bands didn't become common until the 1950's. See more »

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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #18.20 (2013) See more »

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All round excellent - and no spoilers here!
16 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Firstly, at the time of writing (16 September 2013) the information for this on the main page is incorrect. It says this film/series is not yet released. However, I've just watched all 5 episodes on DVD (2 DVDs to be precise), plus the extra almost 1 hour "interview" between Stanley and Louis. The DVD release date was March 2013.

Like another reviewer I simply don't understand some of the poor ratings for this film. It was an immaculate production with an excellent cast for, I think, a cracking, well written story. It has style, suspense, humour, sensuality, good looks, great music and, as with so much of Stephen Poliakoff's work, a lot of intelligent dialogue and some fairly long scenes. But that's why I'm a fan of Poliakoff's work - it is literate, well researched and observed, and you have to pay attention. It rewards that attention many time over.

I must say there were some performances that were a revelation to me. Jacqueline Bisset for a start, and the late Mel Smith. But everyone was really outstanding in the parts they played. Joanna Vanderham is astonishingly mature well beyond her years (19 or 20 years old during the production) and is destined I feel to be a great actress. One cannot comment on this production without mentioning the singers - 2 established actresses who had never sung in public, in theatre, TV or on film before. They did their own singing and were amazingly good.


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