Watch - Trailer For Highly Anticipated BBC Drama Series "Dancing On The Edge", Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Wunmi Mosaku, Angel Coulby

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by Emmanuel Akitobi
March 18, 2012 9:56 PM
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The last time S&A mentioned the BBC/ITV collaborative effort that is Dancing On The Edge, it was when we brought you some behind-the-scenes pics fom the set.  Well, we finally have the official trailer for the five-part dramatic-comedy (that's what they're calling it) that stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Wunmi Mosaku, Angel Coulby, and John Goodman.

Here's the synopsis again:

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Stephen Poliakoff (The Lost Prince, Shooting The Past), the five-part series follows the Louis Lester Band as they find fame amongst the parties and performances of upper class society in the capital. Initially shocked by black musicians performing in polite society, many recoil, but London's progressive socialites take the band under their wing.

When the band's manager Wesley becomes too demanding to the hotel in which the band performs he is deported, forcing the rest to move on without him. The musicians play for the Prince of Wales who elevates their status to the heights of early pop fame. But they become entangled in the shadowy world of socialites, which results in the suspected murder of the band's singer Jessie. The walls begin to close in on Louis and the other members until they realise that escape from England may be their only chance for safety.

Let me warn you, though, that this trailer could potentially be considered one huge spoiler.  So watch at your own risk . . .

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6 Comments

  • Seekingpeace | March 19, 2012 10:23 AMReply

    I'm so hoping they air this on BBC-America...I'm sure so many americans would love to see this. Chiwetel has a huge fan base here and Goodman's an american actor. So please consider it.

  • stacey | May 31, 2013 6:15 PM

    I totally agree I love angel coulby and barely found out her new t.v. show

  • Tome | March 19, 2012 1:50 AMReply

    There were black british jazz bands back in the 30's?

  • EC Forde | March 19, 2012 12:01 PM

    I'd recommend you see an 2008 UK documentary on Leslie 'Hutch' Hutchinson, who was a very well known Black Jazz band leader in 1920s/30s Britain.
    The film unearthed the fact that Hutch slept with a number of rich and powerful society women including a member of the Royal family. The then King, George V, demanded that family honour be upheld and that they sued a newspaper for libel. What was unusual was case was heard in almost empty court having convened at 9:30am not the usual 11am time for sittings, which lead to it being almost forgotten for some 70 years.
    The documentary is entitled Hutch: High Society's Favourite Gigolo and was first transmitted on UK TVs Channel 4 in 2008.
    Trailer - http://vimeo.com/29416644

  • AccidentalVisitor | March 19, 2012 12:21 AMReply

    Looks good. Funny after just seeing "Chico and Rita" today I see a few similarities. Only a few though.

  • Screen Nation | March 20, 2012 11:58 AM

    @ EC Forde, yes we know all about the doc you mention as it was nominated for a Screen Nation award in Acheivement in Factual Diversity. The trailer was slighly disappointing for us and its a shame we didnt get to see anything much of the sensational Wunmi Mosaku. Looking forward to it though.

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