Dancing on the Edge

Series 1 - Episode 5

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Stephen Poliakoff’s brittle period piece has been dazzling, like an opulently framed photograph that’s captured a brief, heady moment of 20th-century British history. Of course it’s been infuriating, grappling to fill in the blanks of so many characters, but at times it’s been like breathing pure oxygen.

In this last, feature-length episode, Louis Lester (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is on the run from the police, who suspect him of murdering singer Jessie. His friends want to help (or do they? It’s hard to tell, particularly with the irritatingly blank society girl Pamela Luscombe). But Louis feels he can’t trust anyone.

There’s a very odd and lengthy escape sequence that’s so choreographed it feels like an extended, threatening waltz. Meanwhile, the palatial Imperial Hotel is losing guests because of the scandal, while the gargantuan, mysterious Mr Masterson (John Goodman) becomes increasingly obsessed by feckless Julian.

About this programme

5/5. Stanley makes plans to help Louis leave the country but finds his efforts hindered when Masterson announces he is offering a substantial reward for the fugitive's capture. As the band reunites to make a getaway, Louis reveals he no longer trusts Sarah when she tries to contact him, while Julian's erratic behaviour becomes even more of a concern as he and Masterson prepare to journey to America. Drama by Stephen Poliakoff, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode and John Goodman. Last in the series.

Cast and crew

Cast

Louis Lester
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Stanley Mitchell
Matthew Goode
Eric
Sam Hoare
Sarah
Janet Montgomery
Rosie
Jenna-Louise Coleman
Masterson
John Goodman
Pamela Luscombe
Joanna Vanderham
Lady Cremone
Jacqueline Bisset
Donaldson
Anthony Head
Lady Altringham
Heather Chasen
Harry Thornton
Miles Richardson
Mr Wax
Allan Corduner
Julian Luscombe
Tom Hughes
Carla
Wunmi Mosaku
Schlesinger
Mel Smith
Mick
Jamie Crew
Young man
Calvin Dean
Gunson
Gerard Horan
Deirdre
Caroline Quentin
Mrs Luscombe
Jane Asher
Ballet teacher
Carla Mendonca
Horton
David Dawson
Sarah's father
Rob Edwards
Violetta
Madeleine Smith
Emily
Isabella Blake-Thomas
Young upper class man
Leo Staar
Waitress
Nicola Munns
Immigration officer
Jim Conway

Crew

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

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