Stephen Poliakoff's Dancing On The Edge for BBC Two starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode

Date: 07.12.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.15
Category: BBC Two; Drama
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.

Commissioned by BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, Ben Stephenson and BBC Two Controller, Janice Hadlow, the drama stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children Of Men, The Shadow Line, American Gangster) and Matthew Goode (Watchmen, Leap Year, A Single Man).

The five-part series also stars Jacqueline Bisset (Bullitt, The Deep), Janet Montgomery (Black Swan, HBO’s Entourage), Joanna Vanderham (The Runaway, Young Herriot), Tom Hughes (Cemetery Junction, Nick Slade in Silk), Angel Coulby (Guinevere in BBC’s Merlin), and Wunmi Mosaku (I Am Slave, The Body Farm).

British TV legends Mel Smith (Director of The Tall Guy), Anthony Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Iron Lady), Caroline Quentin (Life Of Riley, Kiss Me Kate), and Jane Asher (Holby City, The Palace) also star. 

The drama is set in the early 1930s and follows 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.

Produced by Nicky Kentish Barnes (Salmon Fishing, Matchpoint, Scoop!) and executive produced by Alison Owen (Elizabeth, HBO’s Temple Grandin), Paul Trijbits (Jane Eyre, Lay The Favourite), and Faye Ward (Toast), for Ruby Film and Television.

Dancing On The Edge is shooting in London and Birmingham for 16 weeks. Ruby Film and Television produces the series for BBC Two, backed by Endgame Entertainment, Playground, Creative England (through the Advantage Media Production Fund, previously managed by Screen West Midlands), and LipSync Productions. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute the series internationally.

Ruby Film and Television has worked with the BBC on a number of successful TV projects including Small Island, Toast – based on the memoir by renowned food writer Nigel Slater, and most recently Case Histories, based on the bestselling novels by Kate Atkinson.