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Encore In Talks To Bring Chiwetel Ejiofor's BBC Mini-Series 'Dancing On The Edge' To USA TV

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 30, 2013 at 2:04PM

The BBC/ITV collaborative effort that is Dancing On The Edge, will premiere on February 4, on BBC2, which is obviously great for UK audiences.
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The BBC/ITV collaborative effort that is Dancing On The Edgewill premiere on February 4, on BBC2, which is obviously great for UK audiences.

But what about the rest of us?

I can only speak for the USA right now, as it's been announced this afternoon that USA cabler Encore is in negotiations for USA rights to the five-part dramedy that stars Chiwetel EjioforWunmi MosakuAngel Coulby, and John Goodman.

Whether those negotiations lead to a deal, we'll find out eventually.

As a recap... the series 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.

Further, from a new profile of Ejiofor, discussing the series with the UK's Independent paper, the series...

... exposes the interaction between black musicians and the British aristocracy via a fictional jazz band, led by the pianist Louis Lester, played by the 36-year-old Ejiofor. He loved the role, which was loosely based on the cabaret star "Hutch" (Leslie Hutchinson), finding the "racial concepts" fascinating – "the ideas we perceive now as liberal, and the formation of those ideas at a time when there's a rising idea of fascism and the real polarisation of race and class".

Dancing on the Edge is the 2nd British TV series that Ejiofor has done in about as many years; recall he starred in Hugo Blick's crime drama series, The Shadow Line.

Find the new trailer below:

This article is related to: Television, TV News, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Wunmi Mosaku


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