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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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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 ...  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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4 February 2013 (UK) See more »

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Dans vid avgrundens rand 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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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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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #18.20 (2013) See more »

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Highest quality as expected from Stephen Poliakof
26 February 2013 | by murray-morisonSee all my reviews

Cannot understand the current rating of this outstanding drama. The story, set over a few weeks in 1933, follows a talented black leader of a jazz band as he tries to get his band established in the London club and hotel scene. He soon finds he is meeting with royalty but that something dark is also going on.

Dancing on the Edge explores the slimy corruption of real evil as royalty, masonry, bigotry and sensuality all combine to provide a very particular view of the upper reaches of British Society.

The production values are excellent, and the 1930's are recreated in remarkable detail. The acting is uniformly excellent, with Chiwetell Ejiofor providing a compelling performance of a man caught up in circumstances spinning beyond his control.

Highly recommended as BBC drama at its best.


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