Dancing on the Edge

Dancing on the Edge

Series 1 - Episode 4



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.


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 & Crew

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