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Behind the Scenes at Dancing on the Edge

As I write I still have the final episode of this great period drama to watch, but the first four episodes have been gripping.  After a slow first twenty or so minutes the drama really kicks in, especially as the character personalities start to develop, adding extra intrigue to the drama. The music, whilst not my normal listening pleasure, has been fabulous and really helps set the mood of the period.

The cast are all excellent with star performances from Matthew Goode and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Stanley and Louis respectively. I should also add that the vocal performances from Angel Coulby and Wunmi Musaka are simply breathtaking and lift the Jazz band sound once they are added to the line up in episode one.

If you’ve missed the series the DVD and soundtrack are available to order on Amazon and I highly recommend them both.

Birmingham Film & TV Tour update

I recently met with Film Birmingham again and we have discussed the possibility of including some of the locations used in Dancing on the Edge in some TV & Film walking tours later this year. I’ll update this site with details as and when they become available, so watch this space.

Meanwhile you can check out some fascinating behind the scenes photographs of Dancing on the Edge from Creative England on their Facebook page, including the stunning Ballroom at the Grand Hotel on Colmore Row and the impressive Banqueting Suite at Birmingham’s Council House. They also feature other West Midlands and Warwickshire locations with details of scenes filmed at Dudley’s Black Country Living Museum and Alcester’s Ragley Hall.


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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


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