Dancing on the Edge premiered June-August 2016.

About the Show

Dancing on the Edge details the rise of the Louis Lester Band, a black jazz band in 1930s London led by Louis Lester. Managed by the compassionate yet short-tempered Wesley Holt, the band lands a gig at the Imperial Hotel thanks to the cunning journalist Stanley Mitchell. They prove to be a hit, and their star begins to rise.

Countless aristocrats — including the royal family — ask the band to play at parties, catching the eye of the ambitious American businessman Walter Masterson and his enthusiastic employee, Julian. However, 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. ​

From acclaimed writer and director Stephen Poliakoff ("The Lost Prince"), this ensemble mystery features an all-star cast led by BAFTA Award-Winner Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years A Slave") and Matthew Goode ("The Good Wife," "The Imitation Game"), and also stars Jacqueline Bisset, Tom Hughes, Angel Coulby, Wunmi Mosaku, and many more.

Read more about the show below.

A Closer Look at Dancing on the Edge

More About Dancing on the Edge

Episode 1 (Premiere Date: Sunday, June 26)

It's 1930s London as jazz musician Louis Lester and his band are rising to the top of the music scene. Finding their start in a small jazz cellar, the all-black group faces opposition wherever they perform. With the help of music journalist Stanley Mitchell, the band lands a gig at a posh hotel and manages to capture the attention of many notable members of the elite, including an American millionaire, bright young siblings Pamela and Julian Luscombe, and Prince George.

Episode 2 (Premiere Date: Sunday, July 3)

Wesley Holt negotiates a residency at the Imperial Hotel for the Louis Lester Band, but complications arise that could threaten his tenure as band manager. Meanwhile the band gains popularity as they perform for the Prince of Wales.

Episode 3 (Premiere Date: Sunday, July 10)

With the absence of band manager Wesley, Louis is disappointed at the group's lack of progress. Yet when a music agent arranges for them to play at a funeral, they meet Lady Cremone, a dedicated jazz fan and former globe-trotter whom Stanley Mitchell interviews for his magazine. Their luck begins to change.

Episode 4 (Premiere Date: Sunday, July 17)

Conflicting stories arise when one of the band members is injured in a violent attack. Having stumbled upon the scene of the crime, Louis expresses his suspicion of Julian to photographer Sarah as the pair form a relationship. Meanwhile, the band attempts to break barriers as they encounter continuous racism at their performances.

Episode 5 (Premiere Date: Sunday, July 24)

Louis questions Julian's alibi as police search for the person involved in Jessie's case. When Louis confides in Sarah, she implores him to seek a lawyer. This only leads to another run-in with the police who turn their attention to Louis as the chief suspect. As chaos ensues, Mr. Masterson makes a surprise announcement.

Episode 6 (Premiere Date: Sunday, July 31)

Hit by the scandal the hotel loses many of its residents and the band is forced to split up. On the run, Louis turns to Stanley, Eric and Sarah to help him hide from the police. Julian prepares to leave for New York with Mr. Masterson.

Episode 7 (Premiere Date: Sunday, August 7)

Despite Louis's suspicions of her, Pamela assists in his escape. After learning that Mr. Masterson is offering a huge reward for Louis’s capture, Lady Cremone wonders if he is covering for Julian. Meanwhile Julian, terrified of leaving London, hides out with Mr. Donaldson.

Episode 8 (Premiere Date: Sunday, August 14)

Stanley finally gets to make his "full interview" of Louis and the band for his Music Express Magazine. They cover issues of race and social classes in the '30s, as well as their rise to fame. 


Dancing on the Edge was produced by Ruby Film and Television and supported by Endgame Entertainment, Playground Entertainment, Creative England and LipSync Productions.


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