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Drama about the rise to fame of a black jazz band in 1930s London at a time of extraordinary change. The band is invited to the heart of aristocratic society.

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.

1 hour, 35 minutes

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Sat 9 Feb 2013 23:00

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Role Contributor
Louis Lester Chiwetel Ejiofor
Stanley Mitchell Matthew Goode
Masterson John Goodman
Jessie Angel Coulby
Sarah Janet Montgomery
Carla Wunmi Mosaku
Rosie Jenna Coleman
Mr Wax Allan Corduner
Deirdre Caroline Quentin
Schlesinger Mel Smith
Donaldson Anthony Head
Harry Thornton Miles Richardson
Policeman Daniel Coonan
Prince of Wales Sam Troughton


  • Mon 4 Feb 2013 21:00
  • Sat 9 Feb 2013 22:00
  • Sat 9 Feb 2013 22:30
  • Sat 9 Feb 2013 23:00

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