Dancing on the Edge

dancing on the edgeBBC Two import for Starz here in the states, Dancing on the Edge is a 6-part mini-series about a black jazz band in 1930’s London. I started watching it for the music which was outrageously good. I kept watching it for the cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Joanna Vanderham, Wunmi Mosaku, Angel Coulby, Janet Montgomery, John Goodman and Tom Hughes, and Jacqueline Bisset. Although radically uneven, Stephen Poliakoff’s drama soars from happy-go-lucky music drama to a heartbreaking tale of racism in the U.K. between the wars. Long before the civil rights movement, black entertainers were breaking barriers and dealing head-on with the continued assault on their personal freedom. Dancing on the Edge goes real deep in parts, gets light and fluffy in other parts and ends on a rather odd note. But I still loved it. I thought of how much my mother would have loved the music. I wish they’d release a soundtrack for the series. I liked what they had to say about equality and race relations. Even though it was a mixed bag, I’m giving it a 4 out of 5 because when it’s good, it’s great.

Lucky me, they did release a soundtrack!


2 Responses to “Dancing on the Edge”

  1. Uncle Barb Says:

    Thank You! I love Stephen Poliakoff.


    • reelcharlie Says:

      This is fun – but it’s an uneven ride. The musical numbers are fabulous, but you’ll be stepping out of the room now and then if you watch the entire series. Still it’s worth a look. Really well crafted. And great performances.


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