Set in the 1930s, a black Jazz band rises in fame and popularity while becoming entangled in an intricate web of intrigue, mystery & suspense with the elite of London society.
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 Louis (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Stanley (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Pamela (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Carla (6 episodes, 2013)
Paul Dixon ...
 Nazi Colonel (6 episodes, 2013)
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 Sarah (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Rosie (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Donaldson (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Mr. Wax (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Schlesinger (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Masterson (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Julian (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Harry (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Jessie (6 episodes, 2013)
Chris Storr ...
 The Band - Joe the Trumpeter (5 episodes, 2013)
Jay Phelps ...
 The Band - Trumpet 2 (5 episodes, 2013)
Charles Angiama ...
 The Band - Clarinet (5 episodes, 2013)
Oroh Angiama ...
 The Band - Bass (5 episodes, 2013)
Miles Brett ...
 The Band - Tenor Sax (5 episodes, 2013)
Trevor Edwards ...
 The Band - Trombone (5 episodes, 2013)
Cosimo Keita ...
 The Band - Drums (5 episodes, 2013)
Steve Williamson ...
 The Band - Alto Sax (5 episodes, 2013)
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 Jessie (french version) (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Lady Cremone (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Mick (4 episodes, 2013)
Maggie McCarthy ...
 Mrs. Mitchell (4 episodes, 2013)
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 Eric (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Deirdre (3 episodes, 2013)
Gerard Horan ...
 Gunson (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Mrs. Luscombe (3 episodes, 2013)
John Hopkins ...
 Prince George (3 episodes, 2013)
Rob Edwards ...
 Sarah's Father (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Horton (3 episodes, 2013)
Matthew David Hearn ...
 Police Officer (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Wesley (3 episodes, 2013)
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 Mrs. Luscombe's Maid (3 episodes, 2013)
Alexander Lovatt ...
 Boy in School Class (3 episodes, 2013)
Nicola Sloane ...
 Nurse Pollock (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Young Man (2 episodes, 2013)
Madeleine Smith ...
 Violetta (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Prince of Wales (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Emily (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Waiter (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Strange Lady (2 episodes, 2013)
Richard Teverson ...
 Hardiman (2 episodes, 2013)
Leo Chell ...
 Hospital reveller / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
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 Josephine / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
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Set in the 1930s, a black Jazz band rises in fame and popularity while becoming entangled in an intricate web of intrigue, mystery & suspense with the elite of London society.

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Janet Montgomery (Sarah ), Angel Coulby (Jessie) and Anthony Head (Donaldson) have all appeared in the TV series 'Merlin'. They played Princess Mithian, Gwen and Uther Pendragon respectively. Another Merlin connection is Sam Troughton (Prince of Wales), who is the cousin of actor Harry Melling who played Gilli in the show. See more »

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Louis Lester is shown as a Black musician leading a racially mixed band. Though Black musicians were sometimes featured as special guests with white bands in the 1930's (Coleman Hawkins with Jack Hylton and Teddy Wilson and Lionel Hampton with Benny Goodman), racially mixed bands didn't become common until the 1950's. See more »

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Featured in Mel Smith: I've Sort of Done Things (2013) See more »

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A mixed bag
26 February 2013 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Good points: Matthew Goode was excellent in his role as Stanley. His character was original and he carried the show, in my opinion. Most of the others were all right and did what they could with the material. The story kept me watching and interested to the end.

Bad points: It took place in a depopulated London (reminding me of 'Survivors' or 'Day of the Triffids') and never convinced me for a second that it was 1933. The tame music seemed very unlikely to offend anybody at that date, when much 'hotter' jazz had been available for at least a decade previously. Some of it sounded more like the swing music of the forties. Tom Hughes' character and acting was ho-hum. The hiding from the police became silly and unbelievable in the last episode.

Like others, I cannot understand why the BBC think this director is something special and throw money in his direction. But it's worth seeing.


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