Dancing on the Edge

Series 1 - Episode 3

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Stephen Poliakoff’s louche 1930s drama continues to lure us into a silken trap, its pathway strewn with feints and dramatic sleights of hand. After last week’s bloody discovery, Louis, the band and their feckless little group of hangers-on are traumatised and adrift. The police are crawling around a cavernous, echoing Imperial Hotel that’s all dressed up for the festive season and they are persistently, politely interested in Louis (Chiwetel Ejiofor). He, in turn, is keeping a close eye on excitable, odd Julian.

In all, it’s not much of a Christmas, but things liven up when the foxy Lady Cremone (a glowing Jacqueline Bisset) throws an opulent New Year party at her lovely country home. Meanwhile, out in the wider world, Germany has a new Chancellor and mischievous fixer Stanley (Matthew Goode) decides to have some fun at the German Embassy.

About this programme

3/5. Louis is interviewed by police about events on the night of Jessie's attack, telling them he saw Julian when he should have been on a train to Paris. The band are unsettled when a table of racist Germans walks out during a performance at the Imperial Hotel's Christmas Lunch, but Stanley later engineers a fitting revenge. Lady Cremone hosts a New Year's Eve party on her estate and everybody is surprised when Julian turns up, announcing he has been in France exploring a new business idea.

Cast and crew

Cast

Stanley Mitchell
Matthew Goode
Louis Lester
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Jessie
Angel Coulby
Schlesinger
Mel Smith
Pamela Luscombe
Joanna Vanderham
Sarah
Janet Montgomery
Carla
Wunmi Mosaku
Mr Wax
Allan Corduner
Rosie
Jenna-Louise Coleman
Donaldson
Anthony Head
Masterson
John Goodman
Lady Cremone
Jacqueline Bisset
Sarah's father
Rob Edwards
Mrs Mitchell
Maggie McCarthy
Prince George
John Hopkins
Julian Luscombe
Tom Hughes
Mick
Jamie Crew
Harry Thornton
Miles Richardson
Mrs Luscombe
Jane Asher
Nurse Pollock
Nicola Sloane
Gunson
Gerard Horan
Eric
Sam Hoare
Horton
David Dawson
Young nurse
Kirsty Oswald
Young waiter
Jack Farthing

Crew

Director
Stephen Poliakoff
Producer
Nicky Kentish Barnes
Producer
Faye Ward
Writer
Stephen Poliakoff
Categories
Drama