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

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 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 addison de witt on 23 Aug 2014
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I have no idea why so many people enjoyed this. I'm happy that they did, but I thought it was terrible. The production looks cheap, Matthew Goode is wildly miscast, and not using authentic music from the period is a huge mistake. I gave up very early in the piece. If you're expecting a high gloss, sumptuous production with an authentic period feel to it you might be disappointed. I certainly was, because the story is a good one. I thought this was a huge misfire.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PG on 9 Jan 2014
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Loved this when it was on the TV and had a chance to watch it again subsequently.
Great story, performances and music.
DVD ordered and arrived promptly.
Beats having to watch a soap any day!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maggie on 5 Mar 2014
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A black jazz band in the 30s gets involved in London high society, creating shenanigans. Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and John Goodman give standout performances, not to mention Golden Globe-winning Jacquelie Bisset.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anon44 on 17 Aug 2014
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The story was too long-winded and the characters were very superficial.

Very disappointing from Stephen Poliakoff, whose other productions are normally very good!
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By chris reed on 28 Dec 2013
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If, like me, you love dancing, the roarin' 20's and a sucker-punch storyline, then you must see this. It's very long and drawn out, but keeps u interested all the way along. Early discrimination at its finest! (What I mean by that is, it will show the viewer just how far we have come as a nation in overcoming prejudices and discomfort with our brethren).
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By v on 17 Dec 2013
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Bought as a gift for my mum, who loved the series while it was on TV, but had missed the first one or two episodes.
Great quality series well worth the cost.
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By David Course on 29 Oct 2013
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Brilliant series. Missed it when it was on BBC2 so highly delighted I was able to get it on DVD. Will watch it again
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