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Dancing on the Edge

Dancing on the Edge is a British television drama written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff and produced by the BBC, it is about a black jazz band in London in the early 1930s. The series aired on BBC Two between 4 February and 10 March 2013. It was nominated for three awards at the 71st Golden Globe Awards.

The series follows a black jazz band’s experiences in London in the 1930s. Made up of talented musicians and managed by the compassionate yet short-tempered Wesley Holt, the band gets a gig at the Imperial Hotel, by the way of the cunning journalist, Stanley Mitchell. They prove to be a hit, and become a success at the hotel. Countless aristocrats—and the Royal Family—ask the band to play at parties. The media rush to interview and photograph the band—including the ambitious American businessman, Walter Masterson and his enthusiastic employee, Julian. The band’s success spirals, they’re being offered record deals. But tragedy strikes, setting off a chain of events that may wreck the band’s career.

David Dawson appears as DCI Horton in episodes 3, 4 and 5


Louis Lester (Chiwetel Ejiofor): The band leader. Born in the UK, his mother worked for a succession of rich families making him extremely aware how the other half lived, and he aspired to improve his lot. Through working as a merchant seaman, Louis sailed most of the world and developed his musical talents.

Stanley Mitchell (Matthew Goode): A music journalist at Music Express magazine, who helps get the band discovered. He becomes romantically involved with Pamela.

Jessie (Angel Coulby): Lead singer with the Louis Lester band. Beautiful and mysterious with an amazing voice, she fascinates even royalty.

Lady Lavinia Cremone (Jacqueline Bisset): A wealthy recluse.

Arthur Donaldson (Anthony Head): A wealthy man.

Walter Masterson (John Goodman): An American mogul and one of the richest men in the world. His newest obsession is magazines.

Julian Luscombe (Tom Hughes): A charismatic, handsome and debonair man, coming from one of Britain’s most aristocratic families, Pamela’s brother.

Carla (Wunmi Mosaku): After growing up in one of the poorest parts of London, she is a shy and unconfident adult, Jessie’s childhood friend.

Pamela Luscombe (Joanna Vanderham): A confident and beautiful Society It girl and Julian’s sister. She is romantically involved with Stanley.

Wesley Holt (Ariyon Bakare): The irascible band manager. He grew up in Chicago an met Louis on the merchant ships. He claims to have been born in Cardiff but can’t prove that he has a British birth certificate.

Rosie (Jenna-Louise Coleman): An assistant who works at Music Express.

Sarah (Janet Montgomery): The English born daughter of a Russian immigrant, Sarah immediately connects with Louis.

Mr. Wax (Allan Corduner): The owner of Music Express. He has very little to do with the day-to-day workings of the magazine and leaves it to Stanley to make most decisions.

Josephine/Sarah (Laura Haddock, “Interviewing Louis” only): A mysterious phone caller, who attempts to tell Louis a story concerning the Masons of the Imperial Hotel.

D.I. Horton (David Dawson)

Leopold (Jack Donnelly)


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