Starz, like PBS and BBC America, has had some success in second-runs from or co-productions with the British. But are we getting a delicious second brewing, or leftovers? Dancing on the Edge (which originally aired last winter on BBC2) is, in many ways, both the perfect British export, and the perfect mix of English and American-ness. It feels a great deal like an Agatha Christie novel — wealth! garden parties! intrigue! murder! — but also incorporates the very American element of jazz.
The miniseries covers the rise and quick unravelling of the fictional Louis Lester Band from 1932 to 1933. They’re a hidden gem of a group, lead by their highly educated and charming band leader Louie (Chiwetel Ejiofer), and a pair of alluring chanteuses, Jessie (Angel Coulby) and Clara (Wunmi Musaku). Their introduction and integration into London society is helped along by an ambitious and cocky music writer, Stanley (Matthew Goode), who arguably also helps usher their downfall. Hit the jump for more.