Reviewed bywestsideschlVote: 9/10/10
No idea what to expect, but became totally hooked for these reasons: 1.Intelligent dialogue and storyline. A very well researched period piecedealing with both early 20th century British culture (a little Americantoo); influence of music in culture (in this case mostly jazz);aristocracy relations with the poor (things never change); black (andother groups) relations with white power (money, politics, etc.). 2.Superb acting. 3. Superb period singing and accompanying music. 4. Mostimportantly for a quality film is attention to detail. 5. Suspensefuldrama (Whodunit?). 6. Left room for a continuation which,unfortunately, doesn't appear to be in the works. 7. Interesting finalepisode of tidying up loose ends, even interviewing the dead as if theynever died.
Reviewed bystephanie aldenVote: 8/10/10
This new series has been trailed for weeks and the trailer certainlycaught my attention so it already had a lot to live up to. I am pleasedto say that it did not fail and I have very much enjoyed the first twoepisodes and looking forward to next week's already. Some of the musicis quite exciting but I am not sure it is true to the jazz music whichwas being listened to in the early thirties but nevertheless veryenjoyable. I like the casting,particularly the female roles andspecifically Jess, Rosie,Pamela and the photographer. Jacqueline Bissetis excellent as is the Stanley character. Hope it maintains themomentum but it will be disappointing if Jess has been killed offalready. Would expect to see more of Rosie as there must be some sortof love triangle to develop.
Reviewed byl_rawjalaurenceVote: 7/10/10
Based on a hitherto undiscovered aspect of British history, DANCING ONTHE EDGE tells of the fortunes of an African-Caribbean jazz band in1930s upper-class British society. Louis Lester serves anapprenticeship in the United States, then takes London by storm withthe help of talented singers Jessie and Carla. Initially managed byWesley, who drives a hard bargain but manages to offend just abouteveryone, the band is eventually guided by white fixer Stanley, whojust so happens to run one of London's leading music papers, a rival tothe much better- known "Melody Maker." Poliakoff has a fascinatingstory to tell of a basically racist society that nonetheless embracesthe Louis Lester jazz band, which provides the kind of music than noone has ever heard before. The band are so successful that they evenattract the interest of the Prince of Wales (the future King EdwardVIII). At the same time polite society has a seamy underbelly; ifanyone dares to question the idea of white supremacy, then they aresummarily dealt with. This rule applies to white and nonwhite peoplealike. The television series attracted mixed reviews on its premiere inFebruary and March 2013; after having read Poliakoff's excellentscreenplay, I am rather nonplussed as to why DANCING ON THE EDGEgenerated this kind of reaction.
Set in the 1930s, a black Jazz band rises in fame and popularity while becoming entangled in an intricate web of intrigue, mystery & suspense with the elite of London society.