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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 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)
Jamie Crew ...
 Mick (4 episodes, 2013)
Maggie McCarthy ...
 Mrs. Mitchell (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Eric (3 episodes, 2013)
Caroline Quentin ...
 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)
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)
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 Hospital reveller / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Josephine / ... (2 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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Angel Colby and Anthony Head appeared alongside each other in the BBC show Merlin See more »

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The musical style of Louis Lester's band, and especially the vocal styles of his singers and the sorts of songs they perform, are typical of the 1950's, not the 1930's. See more »

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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.7 (2014) See more »

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Vivid Evocation of a Hitherto Undiscovered Aspect of British History
14 July 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Based on a hitherto undiscovered aspect of British history, DANCING ON THE EDGE tells of the fortunes of an African-Caribbean jazz band in 1930s upper-class British society. Louis Lester serves an apprenticeship in the United States, then takes London by storm with the help of talented singers Jessie and Carla. Initially managed by Wesley, who drives a hard bargain but manages to offend just about everyone, the band is eventually guided by white fixer Stanley, who just so happens to run one of London's leading music papers, a rival to the much better- known "Melody Maker." Poliakoff has a fascinating story to tell of a basically racist society that nonetheless embraces the Louis Lester jazz band, which provides the kind of music than no one has ever heard before. The band are so successful that they even attract the interest of the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VIII). At the same time polite society has a seamy underbelly; if anyone dares to question the idea of white supremacy, then they are summarily dealt with. This rule applies to white and nonwhite people alike. The television series attracted mixed reviews on its premiere in February and March 2013; after having read Poliakoff's excellent screenplay, I am rather nonplussed as to why DANCING ON THE EDGE generated this kind of reaction.


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