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A jazz band comprised of black musicians tries to make it in the music world, but they face the hardships of the 1930s while they are in London. The group realizes how important friendships are and how much it takes to keep a group together.

Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on BBC TWO
1 Season, 8 Episodes
February 4, 2013
Drama, History, Music
7.4/10
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Joanna Vanderham, Wunmi Mosaku
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Dancing On The Edge Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • Pamela helps Louis escape.

  • Presented as a series of interviews undertaken by Stanley for his Music Express magazine and taking place at the peak of fame for the Louis Lester band, Louis, Jessie and Carla give an insight into their thoughts about fame as well as their personal stories. Louis and Stanley remember the First World War, in which Louis's father fought. Louis talks about what it is like to be a black musician in London, and they discuss the band's exotic attraction to the aristocracy. Stanley talks to Carla and Jessie, who open up about their upbringings and their feelings on becoming famous. And Louis describes a chilling story about a female fan, when what started as a prank phone call became something much more sinister.

  • Stanley makes plans to help Louis leave the country but finds out that his plans are hindered after Masterson announces a substantial reward he's offering for the fugitive's capture. Louis no longer trusts Sarah after she attempts to contact him. Julian's erratic behavior becomes more of a worry as he and Masterson are geting ready to go to America.

  • The band performs at a dinner and Louis finds out that Julian's fellow Freemasons made him an alibi for the night Jessie was attacked. Stanley becomes the new editor-in-chief when Masterson purchases Music Express magazine with Lady Cremone's help.

  • Louis is interviewed by police about Jessie's attack, he tells them that he saw Julian when he was supposed to be on a train to Paris. Racist Germans walk out during a performance leaving the band unnerved, but Stanley figures out a goods revenge. Lady Cremone hosts a New Year's Eve party.

  • The band hasn't achieved the fame they want, and are stuck with playing children's birthday parties. Louis is frustrated, but then they meet wealthy recluse Lady Lavinia Cremone who might be able to change their fortunes. She arranges a special performance for them to play in front of Prince George and invites a producer and a record company executive to see them perform. Julian likes singer Jessie and takes her out for a ride in a brand new car. The band are invited to play for the Prince of Wales and the Royal Air Force at an RAF dinner. Jessie pretends to be sick when Julian promises to introduce her to a Hollywood film producer.

  • Stanley becomes friends with The Louis Lester Band and tries to help them rise to fame. Louis Lester is taken with a young photographer named Sarah. Party-goers are amazed as Prince George, the Duke of Kent, flirts with the Jessie and Carla the two singers. The band is threatened with deportation when they don't sign in with the Alien Registration Office. Stanley comes to the rescue just in time. Mr. Masterson, a wealthy business man, invites the band on a train trip. Pamela and Stanley begin a passionate affair. Wesley starts an argument over contracts. Wesley is deported right when Louis is about to perform a special concert for the Prince of Wales.

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