Dancing On The Edge 2013

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Set in a time of immense change, Dancing on the Edge tells the story of a black jazz group, the Louis Lester Band, as they rise to fame, entertaining guests at exclusive high society gatherings in 1930's London. While many recoil at the presence of black musicians in polite society, the capital's more progressive socialites, including younger members of the Royal Family, take the band under their wing. In this explosive five-part series, Stephen Poliakoff returns to television with his most ambitious work to date. Dancing on the Edge provides a new angle on an extraordinary time in history, giving us a piercingly original vision of Britain in the 1930s; a time of glamour, hardship, vibrant new music and financial meltdown.

Starring:
Martine Richards, Calvin Dean
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Starring Martine Richards, Calvin Dean, Nicholas Blatt, John Goodman, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Peter Brown, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Austin Hardiman
Director Stephen Poliakoff
Genres Drama
Studio SPIRIT ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 11 March 2013
Main languages English

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2013
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This has all the trademarks of a Poliakoff drama: immaculate, beautiful upper crust people in artistically posed scenes, long meaningful looks, and an obsession with photographs. Yet despite the often slow pace, the dialogues are much sharper than I expected and it also has quite a tight, intriguing and at times tense plot. This is what probably made me enjoy it more than any previous work by Poliakoff, together with its focus on an interesting and little-covered aspect of 1930s Britain, in which we see the mercurial rise and sad fall of a talented band of black musicians. After catching the eye of Stanley, an ambitious young music journalist, they gain bookings at the once grand now gradually decaying Imperial Hotel and even attract the attention of the Prince of Wales and his brother before tragedy and scandal destroy their budding popularity. The prejudice the players face is probably quite realistic for the period, and borne with great dignity by the suave and super-controlled pianist Louis. And of course, there is the alternating rhythm and pathos of the music played with such verve beneath the distinctive rainbow arch of The Imperial.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Gibson on 25 Nov. 2014
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I loved this when it was first televised so it was great to get a copy of the series on DVD. The music is fantastic and the two female singers are amazing. Matthew Goode is excellent. He is a very talented and under rated actor, at least in this country. I am following his career with interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bishop on 10 Aug. 2014
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This is a wonderful series, with an excellent cast, music and design. Set in the 1930s amidst the slightly seedy glamour of London hotels and night clubs, this is a tale of suspense and racism. Even if you don't like jazz (I don't) you will enjoy it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. NEWMAN on 19 April 2013
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...by which I mean that you have to have an attention span, an interest & knowledge of recent history (yes, I do mean BEFORE you were born!) & an appreciation of quality popular music.
Poliakof could be accused of pushing the bandwagon that some English people were as prejudiced & racist as the Germans were, a bit too far, but it's a reality that is worth pointing out, to audiences who know nothing of their own country's past. On the other hand, it should also be pointed out that persecuted persons in Hitler's Reich were extremely eager to escape to Britain.
The psycho, sexually perverted aristocrat is played well, as is the horrible reality of covering up murder & placing the 'rap' on the black man.
As usual, with Poliakof, there are slow scenes in near-empty rooms, much un-spoken tension & innuendo, an assumption of blase wealth, and parents from Hell!
I enjoyed the music, but as an aficionado of 1930s British dance band music, I suspect that Lester's style is more 1945+ than pre-war. However, no doubt the message is that British music was 'behind' USA jazz. That's not actually correct, but film makers love to trot out their bias.
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I love this series, my chap's favourite director and he had missed it, bought as part of Christmas presents and he had watched the lot by the end of boxing day- said he was completely enthralled.
Definitely worth a purchase, first few episodes IMO are the best.
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This took a bit of time to get into but proved addictive. Wonderful cast and beautifully shot. Evocative of a time when white tie and even black tie was the norm for dressing up, oh for those days again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By VH999 on 9 Oct. 2013
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I watched this when it aired and couldn't wait for the DVD to arrive although I will admit that I wanted the CD even more as the music is just fantastic. Some people thought the end was a let down - yes you can pick holes if you want to but considering I normally think Poliakoff overrated I was very impressed with this indeed. He captured the essence of musicians mixing with and being patronised by the rich though they can never be fit into that world and the conflict this can create.
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The first time round, on TV, this series was outstanding, so had to have the DVD in my collection and it makes for good entertainment all round, worthy of repeated viewing.
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