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Dancing on the Edge Episode 1 of 5

An explosive drama set in the early 1930s, following a black jazz band in London at a time of extraordinary change.

Music journalist Stanley Mitchell befriends The Louis Lester Band and helps its rise to fame from playing in a basement jazz club to the illustrious Imperial Hotel. At first, the band is treated with hostility by the hotel's elderly audience, most of whom have never heard jazz music nor seen black musicians before. However, one table of young aristocrats love their new music and invite them to play at a garden party.

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1 hour, 35 minutes

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Sat 9 Feb 2013 23:00
BBC Two Scotland

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Role Contributor
Louis LesterChiwetel Ejiofor
Stanley MitchellMatthew Goode
MastersonJohn Goodman
JessieAngel Coulby
SarahJanet Montgomery
CarlaWunmi Mosaku
RosieJenna Coleman
Mr WaxAllan Corduner
DeirdreCaroline Quentin
SchlesingerMel Smith
DonaldsonAnthony Head
Harry ThorntonMiles Richardson
PolicemanDaniel Coonan
Prince of WalesSam Troughton