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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 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)
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 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)
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 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)
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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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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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 »

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The show identifies Prince George as the Prince of Wales. He was not; his older brother Edward was. Edward was next in line for the throne after George V died but abdicated to marry the woman he loved, American divorcée Wallis Simpson, so George VI became King without ever having been Prince of Wales. See more »

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Superficial
28 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

While this makes every effort to appear genuine to the period, it is a superficial experience. The realization comes in the third episode when Lady Cremone (Bisset) says of a party that it will be "fun". Anyone who has read Mitford or Waugh, and Gibbons in "Cold Comfort Farm", knows that 'fun' was a banished adjective among people of that class in that period. It's something that the writer ought to know.

And while the set design and costumes and overall production is glossy it's like a fashion shoot. That fact comes out in the lack of story and drama - nothing much happens and very slowly for a long time. It has a contrived and much smaller stamp to it. Certainly, it does not justify its time or structure. It might have been done much better in half the time.

The music which ought to be central is not and seems of a decade later; in arrangement, style and solo voicing, unconnected to the early 1930s, false when matched against recordings of that time.

As to the characters. They are standard TV fare, but only half-formed. They say things as ciphers in some mimicry of what real characters might have said in that period.


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