Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Two Dukes

I watched the first part of the BBC drama Dancing on the Edge last night, about an American jazz band in London in 1933.

Dancing on the Edge, written by Stephen Poliakoff, is loosely based on the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, and his brother George going to see the Duke Ellington Band when they came to England in the early 30's. I enjoyed Dancing on the Edge and am looking forward to the second part tonight. I also enjoyed ticking off the themes that run through all Poliakoff's screenplays including hotels, trains, picnics and photography.

I wonder if Edward, by then Duke of Windsor, mentioned his enthusiasm for jazz to Hitler when he met him in 1937.

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