Episode 1

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Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

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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Louis Lester
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Stanley Mitchell
Matthew Goode
John Goodman
Angel Coulby
Janet Montgomery
Wunmi Mosaku
Jenna-Louise Coleman
Mr Wax
Allan Corduner
Caroline Quentin
Mel Smith
Anthony Head
Harry Thornton
Miles Richardson
Daniel Coonan
Prince of Wales
Sam Troughton


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