Starz Picks Up US Rights To Stephen Poliakoff’s ‘Dancing On The Edge’, Sets October Premiere

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Starz has closed a deal to acquire the US broadcast rights to BBC Two’s mini-series Dancing On The Edge, which hails from veteran writer and director Stephen Poliakoff. The network has also announced that they will start airing the series this October.

Penned by Poliakoff, Dancing On The Edge takes place in London during the early 1930s. The story illustrates the journey of a group of Black jazz musicians – the Louis Lester Band – as they steadily rise to stardom, a result of performing at various elite social gatherings hosted by London’s aristocrats. Although Britain’s climate was flourishing with extraordinary social change, much of the upper-class loathed the idea of Black musicians performing in polite society. Still, the city’s more progressive socialites (including members of the Royal Household) befriend the ensemble and introduce them to posh life. The blissful eminence surrounding the band abruptly changes when the band members are entangled in a murder conspiracy. The drama series is produced by Ruby Film and Television and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, John Goodman, Jacqueline Bisset, Mel Smith, Anthony Head, Tom Hughes, Janet Montgomery, Joanna Vanderham, Angel Coulby, Wunmi Mosaku, Jenna-Louise Coleman and Jane Asher.