TV Dancing On The Edge (BBC-2 2012, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode) Published 3 years ago on August 2, 2016 A new Stephen Poliakoff drama is always to be savoured and once again he is delving into the past with Dancing on the Edge in what was one of the chief viewing highlights of the year. It’s a five parter with Poliakoff writing and directing. Dancing on the Edge follows a group of black musicians called the Louis Lester Band in London of the 1930’s at a time when polite society were not used to such things. However the band quickly win over a loyal following and even play for the Prince of Wales only for them to get involved in shady goings and events that end in the murder of lead singer Jessie. Poliakoff is one of the best writers currently involved in TV, this will mark his TV directorial debut and Janice Hadlow from BBC 2 was naturally thrilled to have snagged the series for the channel saying “In Dancing On The Edge I think you will see a very different voice from Stephen and I am delighted to be able to add this remarkable piece to the new dramas on the channel.” A brilliant series, possibly Poliakoff’s best, and that’s no easy call. Full of stand out performances and a fabulous soundtrack from Adrian Johnston too. Filming locations included the Grand Hotel in Birmingham whilst Lady Cremone’s gorgeous home was Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. Railway scenes were shot at the famed Bluebell Railway and the Severn Valley Railway. production details UK | BBC Two RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes plus one at 90 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 5 | Broadcast 4 February – 10 March 2013 WRITER and DIRECTOR: Stephen Poliakoff | PRODUCER: Nicky Kentish Barnes | EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits cast The Louis Lester Band Chiwetel Ejiofor as Louis Lester Angel Coulby as Jessie Taylor Wunmi Mosaku as Carla Ariyon Bakare as Wesley Holt Music Express Magazine Matthew Goode as Stanley Mitchell Jenna Coleman as Rosie Williams Sam Hoare as Eric Allan Corduner as Mr Wax The Elite Jacqueline Bisset as Lavinia, Lady Cremone John Goodman as Walter Masterson Tom Hughes as Julian Luscombe Joanna Vanderham as Pamela Luscombe Janet Montgomery as Sarah Peters Anthony Head as Arthur Donaldson John Hopkins as Prince George, Duke of Kent The Working Class Mel Smith as Nathan Schlesinger Miles Richardson as Harry Thornton Maggie McCarthy as Mrs Mitchell Caroline Quentin as Deirdre David Dawson as D.I. 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