Dancing on the Edge

An explosive drama set in the early 1930s following black jazz musicians, the Louis Lester Band, as they find fame amongst the parties and performances of London’s upper class society. Although many recoil at the performance of black musicians in polite society, the city’s more progressive socialites including members of the Royal Household take the band under their wing.

But when the band becomes entangled in their shadowy world, it results in a suspected murder. The walls begin to close in on Louis and the band.


Acclaimed writer/director Stephen Poliakoff has brought together some of the UK’s finest big screen talent for BBC TWO in his first ever major drama series for British television DANCING ON THE EDGE.

Louis Lester: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Stanley: Matthew Goode
Masterson:John Goodman
Julian: Tom Hughes
Lady Cremone: Jacqueline Bisset
Schlesinger: Mel Smith
Donaldson: Anthony Head
Jessie: Angel Coulby
Carla: Wunmi Mosaku

Location & Resources

The Banqueting Suites in the Council House, Victoria Square were the Imperial Hotel foyer, reception, main stair case and Marseills Bar. Birmingham University, was the setting for the hospital corridor. The Ballroom scenes were filmed at the Grand Hotel Ballroom, Colmore Row.

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