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Written and directed by acclaimed writer Stephen Poliakoff (The Lost Prince), DANCING ON THE EDGE is a 1930’s period drama detailing the rise of the Louis Lester Band – a black jazz band in London led by Louis Lester, played by BAFTA Award-Winner Chiwetel Ejiofor. As the band continues to prevail, despite the racism and classism they encounter, Louis finds himself entangled in a series of unfortunate events. He becomes a suspect in a murder case, putting him on the run and possibly leading to the band’s demise. The series originally aired on Starz in 2013.
Chart the Louis Lester Band’s ascent, with Stanley’s help, from a downbeat jazz cellar to the Imperial Hotel and a party attended by an admiring prince and a moneyed American. Later, Louis helps smuggle an injured woman out of a hotel room.
Follow the band on a private train ride to a picnic arranged by Donaldson. Stanley and Pamela begin an affair, Julian becomes infatuated with Jessie and band manager Wesley is deported. The Prince of Wales hears the band and expresses his approval.
Chart the band’s fortunes as jazz-lover Lady Cremone and the Prince of Wales invite them to play for events. They record an album and secure a spot on BBC radio. Masterson sends a cryptic message to Julian. Louis finds Jessie comatose and bloody.
Learn why Louis doubts Julian’s story about his trip to Paris the night Jessie was attacked. When racist Germans walk out during the band’s performance at the hotel, Stanley devises a plan to get revenge. Lady Cremone relays news about Jessie.
Find out why Masterson wants to buy Stanley’s magazine and Lady Cremone decides to be less reclusive. Louis’ calmness is shaken when he sees Julian’s friends at an exclusive dinner at which he entertains. He learns there’s a warrant for his arrest.
Join Stanley, Sarah and Pamela as they try to help Louis elude the police. Masterson offers a huge reward for Louis’ capture. Lady Cremone, convinced of Louis’ guilt, refuses to aid him. A policeman coerces Sarah into divulging damaging information.
Learn why Lady Cremone becomes suspicious of Masterson's offer of such a large reward and why Pamela decides to help Stanley and the band. As Julian's behavior becomes more and more unbalanced, Masterson becomes ever more apprehensive.
In flashbacks, listen to Stanley's interviews with Louis, Jessie and Carla. The conversations touch on fame, prejudice, music, inequality, the aristocracy, ambition, fandom, family, education and more.