I don’t know
about you, but I was all excited to see the BBC mini-series “Dancing on the Edge”
with Chiwetel Ejiofor. Tambay was all excited too about and wrote about it a
few times HERE and HERE and Jana Sante wrote an extensive review of it for us
sounded very interesting. The period drama was set in the 1930’s in the U.K. was
written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, and starred Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Wunmi Mosaku, Angel Coulby, John
Goodman and Jacqueline Bisset.
according to the official description of the show, the series “illustrated 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 thing is
I never got a chance to see it. It wasn’t on PBS or BBC America or Showtime or
HBO or the IFC Channel or any other channel you think would be the logical place
to show it.
made its US premiere last fall on the Starz Network of all places. Who in the
hell gets Starz? I don’t, At least i don’t think so.
But there’s some
good news for everyone who missed dancing on the Edge. The series is being released
on blu-ray DVD on May 5 on the PBS Home Video
The DVD will
include interviews with the cast and the director along with behind the scenes
feature. But why is PBS releasing it on DVD when it they didn’t broadcast it on their network?
It wasn’t “Downton
Abbey” enough for them? Was the network uncomfortable with it because it deals with
that “sticky” subject known as race? Who knows?