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

4.4 out of 5 stars

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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
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 An Old Greybeard on 3 Sep 2014
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Sadly the more I see of Poliakoff's work the less I am impressed on his talent to entertain. His plays are getting worse
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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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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Ward on 25 Mar 2013
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This is one of those annoying TV series that can't make up its mind as to what it wants to be. The first half of the series is a period drama about a black jazz band struggling against the prejudices of the time in 1930's London. After that the series then makes an abrupt about face to become a murder mystery and not a convincing one either. For me the end result was a weak story with indifferent acting. On a plus note the one thing the producers did get right was the music, costumes, settings and amazing vintage cars, and perhaps just for that the series is worth watching.
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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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2 of 3 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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Snoops on 19 Jun 2013
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I bought this as a present for my daughter as I had already seen and knew she would love it. She Did!
It is a beautiful story with great actors/actresses and I absolutely loved the era.
It is now doing the rounds as a 'you must watch this'
I'm surprised it's not more widely spoken about. I shall be watching it again when I get it back
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Nov 2013
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This series engaged us from the start with some beautifully crafted scenes and excellent acting. We will watch it again.
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