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Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode for new BBC Poliakoff drama

Chiwetel Ejiofor in Redbelt

Story by Rob Carnevale

CHIWETEL Ejiofor and Matthew Goode are to star in a new BBC drama, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Stephen Poliakoff.

Dancing On The Edge is a five part drama set in the early 1930s that follows black jazz band, the Louis Lester Band, as they find fame amongst the parties and performances of London’s upper class society.

Although many recoil at the performance of black musicians in polite society, the city’s more progressive socialites including members of the Royal Household take the band under their wing.

But when the band becomes entangled in their shadowy world, it results in a suspected murder. The walls begin to close in on Louis and the band.

Co-directed by Phillipa Lowthorpe (Five Daughters, Call The Midwife both for the BBC), Dancing On The Edge also stars Jacqueline Bisset (Bullitt, The Deep), Janet Montgomery (Black Swan, HBO’s Entourage), Joanna Vanderham, Tom Hughes (Cemetery Junction), Angel Coulby (Guinevere in BBC’s Merlin), and Wunmi Mosaku (BBC’s The Body Farm).

British TV legends Mel Smith (half of award-winning comedy duo Alas Smith and Jones), Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Iron Lady), Caroline Quentin (Life of Riley) and Jane Asher (Holby City) round out the impressive ensemble cast.

Dancing on The Edge is shooting in London and Birmingham for 16 weeks.

Acclaimed playwright and dramatist Poliakoff has written numerous dramas for the BBC, including Capturing Mary and Joe’s Palace.

His most recent feature, Glorious 39, starring David Tennant and Romola Garai, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was shown on British television in 2009. Read our interview

This will be the writer’s first series.

Ejiofor was most recently seen in police drama The Shadow Line for the BBC and won an Olivier award for his portrayal of Othello at the Donmar Warehouse in 2008. Film credits include Salt, Redbelt, 2012 and Serenity.

Goode’s credits include Watchmen, A Single Man and Cemetery Junction.

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