Dancing on The Edge is a 2013 television mini-series, which stared Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode. The series follows the rise of the Louis Lester Band, which is headed by Louis (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Much of the band’s success is in part due to journalist, Stanley (Matthew Goode). He documents the band and helps them get a number of gigs.
Once the band gets their first major gig, they’re forced to find a singer and wind up with two, Carla (Wunmi Mosaku) and Jessie (Angel Coulby). Once the band gets booked at the luxurious Imperial Hotel, their fame begins to skyrocket and they begin playing for the Royal Family and form a closer bond with American businessman Walter Masteron (John Goodman).
During this period of time, they also form a relationship with Masterson’s younger colleague, Julian (Tom Hughes), and Julian’s sister, Pamela (Joanna Vanderham). Of course, disaster is set to strike and the band’s leader, Louis, will be forced to fight off allegations. Relationships are formed, some are broken and the Imperial Hotel is changed forever.
What feels like a musical biography quickly turns into a murder mystery. There are many twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. Even after you’ve gotten an idea of who did what their reasoning and actions will baffle, until the mystery unravels. The acting is absolutely brilliant with excellent performances from two of Britain’s brightest budding stars, Tom Hughes and Joanna Vanderham.
Of course, the entire cast is good, aside from a few awkward moments from John Goodman. The story unravels at a slow pace, but it remains interesting throughout. As for the music, it is a true treat every time the band begins to play. Dancing On The Edge might be a little older now, but it is definitely worth a watch. An 8 out of 10 is well deserved.