Starz has been looking to the UK for programming recently. Its historical drama “The White Queen,” which premiered two weeks ago, is a co-production with BBC One, “Da Vinci’s Demons” is a BBC Worldwide co-production and the network is working with Sky Atlantic on a 2014 Arctic murder mystery entitled “Fortitude.”
The premium channel’s next program also hails from the UK — it’ll be home to the U.S. premiere of “Dancing on the Edge,” a five-part BBC miniseries set in 1930s London and centered around a group of black jazz musicians. Chiwetel Ejiofor, soon to be seen in a very Oscar-friendly lead role in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” stars in the drama alongside Matthew Goode, Jacqueline Bisset and John Goodman. Stephen Poliakoff (“Close My Eyes”) wrote and directed the miniseries, which will premiere on Saturday, October 19th at 10pm after the finale of “The White Queen” and will continue airing on Saturdays at 9pm after that. “Dancing on the Edge” features original lyrics and music from Adrian Johnston, a composer on “Brideshead Revisited,” “Kinky Boots” and more.
The series is inspired by real life accounts of the Duke Ellington Band meeting and mingling with the future Duke of Windsor Edward VIII in Europe. Check out a teaser for the series below.