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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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Series cast summary:
Chiwetel Ejiofor ...  Louis 6 episodes, 2013
Matthew Goode ...  Stanley 6 episodes, 2013
Joanna Vanderham ...  Pamela 6 episodes, 2013
Wunmi Mosaku ...  Carla 6 episodes, 2013
Paul Dixon Paul Dixon ...  Nazi Colonel 6 episodes, 2013
Janet Montgomery ...  Sarah 5 episodes, 2013
Jenna Coleman ...  Rosie 5 episodes, 2013
Anthony Head ...  Donaldson 5 episodes, 2013
Allan Corduner ...  Mr. Wax 5 episodes, 2013
Mel Smith ...  Schlesinger 5 episodes, 2013
John Goodman ...  Masterson 5 episodes, 2013
Tom Hughes ...  Julian 5 episodes, 2013
Miles Richardson ...  Harry 5 episodes, 2013
Angel Coulby ...  Jessie 6 episodes, 2013
Chris Storr Chris Storr ...  The Band - Joe the Trumpeter 5 episodes, 2013
Jay Phelps Jay Phelps ...  The Band - Trumpet 2 5 episodes, 2013
Charles Angiama Charles Angiama ...  The Band - Clarinet 5 episodes, 2013
Oroh Angiama Oroh Angiama ...  The Band - Bass 5 episodes, 2013
Miles Brett Miles Brett ...  The Band - Tenor Sax 5 episodes, 2013
Trevor Edwards Trevor Edwards ...  The Band - Trombone 5 episodes, 2013
Cosimo Keita Cosimo Keita ...  The Band - Drums 5 episodes, 2013
Steve Williamson Steve Williamson ...  The Band - Alto Sax 5 episodes, 2013
Pascaline Crêvecoeur ...  Jessie (french version) 4 episodes, 2013
Jacqueline Bisset ...  Lady Cremone 4 episodes, 2013
Jamie Crew Jamie Crew ...  Mick 4 episodes, 2013
Maggie McCarthy Maggie McCarthy ...  Mrs. Mitchell 4 episodes, 2013
Sam Hoare ...  Eric 3 episodes, 2013
Caroline Quentin ...  Deirdre 3 episodes, 2013
Gerard Horan Gerard Horan ...  Gunson 3 episodes, 2013
Jane Asher ...  Mrs. Luscombe 3 episodes, 2013
John Hopkins John Hopkins ...  Prince George 3 episodes, 2013
Rob Edwards Rob Edwards ...  Sarah's Father 3 episodes, 2013
David Dawson ...  Horton 3 episodes, 2013
Matthew David Hearn Matthew David Hearn ...  Police Officer 3 episodes, 2013
Ariyon Bakare ...  Wesley 3 episodes, 2013
Abigail Halley Abigail Halley ...  Mrs. Luscombe's Maid 3 episodes, 2013
Alexander Lovatt Alexander Lovatt ...  Boy in School Class 3 episodes, 2013
Nicola Sloane ...  Nurse Pollock 2 episodes, 2013
Calvin A. Dean Calvin A. Dean ...  Young Man 2 episodes, 2013
Madeleine Smith Madeleine Smith ...  Violetta 2 episodes, 2013
Sam Troughton ...  Prince of Wales 2 episodes, 2013
Isabella Blake-Thomas ...  Emily 2 episodes, 2013
Simon Lewis Marriott ...  Waiter 2 episodes, 2013
Martine Richards ...  Strange Lady 2 episodes, 2013
Richard Teverson ...  Hardiman 2 episodes, 2013
Leo Chell Leo Chell ...  Hospital reveller / ... 2 episodes, 2013
Laura Haddock ...  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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English

Release Date:

4 February 2013 (UK) See more »

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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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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 71st Golden Globe Awards (2014) See more »

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All round excellent - and no spoilers here!
16 September 2013 | by petervintnerSee 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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