Dancing on the Edge

Series 1 - Episode 4

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

There’s been a murder in the echoing, cavernous, unsettling Imperial Hotel. The police are interested in band leader Louis Lester but they are no longer quite as polite as they once were. There’s an undercurrent of mistrust, a frisson of disbelief, as that nice detective asks Louis again — is he absolutely sure he saw Julian in one of the hotel’s long, dark corridors?

Louis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) knows he’s under suspicion and he turns to wealthy, affable, mysterious fixer Donaldson (Anthony Head) for help. But is he trustworthy? Louis doesn’t know and neither do we as writer/director Stephen Poliakoff leads us further into the lives of this odd, feckless and possibly dangerous little group. Can we really take any of them at face value? Even nice Sarah (Janet Montgomery) might have an edge. You’ll ask questions about everyone, which is what makes Dancing on the Edge so thrilling. It’s a drama you can get lost in.

About this programme

4/5. The band plays at a dinner at the Imperial Hotel, during which Louis discovers that one of Julian's fellow Freemasons provided him with an alibi for the night Jessie was attacked. Masterson acquires Music Express magazine with Lady Cremone's assistance, and makes Stanley the editor-in-chief. Drama by Stephen Poliakoff, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode and John Goodman.

Cast and crew

Cast

Louis Lester
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Stanley Mitchell
Matthew Goode
Carla
Wunmi Mosaku
Jessie
Angel Coulby
Lady Cremone
Jacqueline Bisset
Rosie
Jenna-Louise Coleman
Eric
Sam Hoare
Pamela Luscombe
Joanna Vanderham
Sarah
Janet Montgomery
Nurse Pollock
Nicola Sloane
Masterson
John Goodman
Julian Luscombe
Tom Hughes
Donaldson
Anthony Head
Schlesinger
Mel Smith
Edith
Lorna Gayle
Horton
David Dawson
Mrs Mitchell
Maggie McCarthy
Gunson
Gerard Horan
Mrs Luscombe
Jane Asher
Harry Thornton
Miles Richardson
Mr Wax
Allan Corduner
Leopold
Jack Donnelly
Violetta
Madeleine Smith
Emily
Isabella Blake-Thomas
Young man
Calvin Dean

Crew

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

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