Archive for January, 2013

Dancing on the Edge – Date Confirmed

New BBC drama Dancing on the Edge has appeared in TV listings for Monday 4th February 2013 at 9pm (confirmed by Cultbox)

Airing on BBC TWO and BBC HD channels the drama set in the early 1930s, follows a black jazz band in London at a time of extraordinary change.

Music journalist Stanley Mitchell befriends The Louis Lester Band and helps its rise to fame from playing in a basement jazz club to the illustrious Imperial Hotel. At first, the band is treated with hostility by the hotel’s elderly audience, most of whom have never heard jazz music nor seen black musicians before. However, one table of young aristocrats love their new music and invite them to play at a garden party.

Directed by Stephen Poliakoff the series has a great looking cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, John Goodman, Angel Coulby, Tom Hughes and Janet Montgomery

With some of the filming haven taken place at Dudley’s Black Country Museum, Birmingham’s Council House and the Grosvenor Room, Grand Hotel, Colmore Row Birmingham, there will be plenty of location spotting opportunities to be had.

You can read more about Dancing on the Edge at

BBC Media Centre

Daily Telegraph

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Dancing on the Edge – February 2013 Air Date?

I don’t normally get too enamoured about 1930s Jazz Band stories, however, I was very excited to see the BBC trailer for the Stephen Poliakoff period drama Dancing on The Edge this evening.

I’ve been waiting to see this drama series since spotting the film crews at the Grand Hotel on Colmore Row, Birmingham back in January 2012.  They also used the Council House banqueting suite (doubling as a period hotel) during their stay in Birmingham and had their production base at the old Birmingham Municipal Bank (former Lloyds TSB) on Broad Street. With scenes also filmed at the Black Country Museum in Dudley there should be quite a bit of Midlands location spotting opportunities to be had in this stylish 1930s TV treat.

The trailer and further details of the show can be found on The Cultbox website and February (see Twitter tip-off below) can’t arrive too soon.

Angel Coulby in Dancing on the Edge

The Louis Lester Band in Dancing on the Edge (starring Angel Coulby) – Picture from BBC Images (Source linked)

Radio Times feature with a lot more images, many in and around Birmingham

Jazz…Birmingham…Nice

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