Dancing on the Edge

Dancing on the Edge

Series 1 - Episode 2



Devotees of Stephen Poliakoff will recognise recurring elements from his previous works: the power of photographs, the magnetism of a big, old building, a fascination with British royalty and the enigma of a wealthy man who likes to party. The latter here is the mysterious and possibly unwholesome Masterson (John Goodman). He’s drawn the Louis Lester band into his orbit, but success is not coming fast enough for bandleader Louis (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

Still, there’s a stroke of luck when they are asked to play at the funeral of the estate manager of a strange, very rich woman (Jacqueline Bisset). It turns out she’s a big jazz fan.


Louis is introduced to wealthy recluse Lady Lavinia Cremone, who arranges for the band to play in front of Prince George and invites a producer from the BBC and a record company executive. Singer Jessie is flattered when she attracts the attention of aristocrat Julian Luscombe, who takes her out for a spin in his new car and promises to introduce her to a Hollywood film producer. Starring Jacqueline Bisset, Tom Hughes and Angel Coulby.

Cast & Crew

Stanley Mitchell Matthew Goode
Louis Lester Chiwetel Ejiofor
Mrs Lee Joanna Brookes
Lady Winnet Ruth Gemmell
Schlesinger Mel Smith
Donaldson Anthony Head
Sarah Janet Montgomery
Jessie Angel Coulby
Carla Wunmi Mosaku
Lady Cremone Jacqueline Bisset
Mr Wax Allan Corduner
Rosie Jenna-Louise Coleman
Julian Luscombe Tom Hughes
Mick Jamie Crew
Pamela Luscombe Joanna Vanderham
Deirdre Caroline Quentin
Harry Thornton Miles Richardson
Masterson John Goodman
Prince George John Hopkins
Boxley Ian Swann
Hardiman Richard Teverson
Mrs Mitchell Maggie McCarthy
Prince of Wales Sam Troughton
Birthday boy Luc Hutter
Sergeant Liam Fox
Director Stephen Poliakoff
Producer Faye Ward
Producer Nicky Kentish Barnes
Writer Stephen Poliakoff
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