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Dancing on the Edge 

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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »
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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 ...  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 ...  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 ...  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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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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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 l_rawjalaurenceSee 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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