Saturday on TV – 10/19/13

Saturday is the series premiere of Dancing on the Edge on Starz at 10:05/9:05c. The tuneful five-part drama stars Golden Globe(R) Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years of a Slave, Salt, American Gangster), Matthew Goode (Stoker, A Single Man, Brideshead Revisited), Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) Award nominee Jacqueline Bisset (Joan of Arc, Two Jacks), and Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) Award winner John Goodman (The Monuments Men, Inside Llewyn Davis, Monster’s University). Inspired by true accounts of the phenomenal Duke Ellington Band mingling with the future Duke of Windsor Edward VIII in Europe, the mini-series 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.

Tonight is also the season premiere of The Graham Norton Show on BBC America at 11/10c, with guests Harrison Ford, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jack Whitehall, & singer James Blunt.

Finally, it’s the season finale of The White Queen on Starz at 9/8c.

Also on tonight:

  • *Season Finale*The White Queen (#110) – Starz @ 9/8c
  • *Series Premiere*Dancing on the Edge (#101) – Starz @ 10:05/9:05c
  • *Season Premiere*The Graham Norton Show (#1401) – BBC America @ 11/10c
  • *New*Cupcake Wars – Food Network @ 8/7c
  • *New*Dog and Beth: On the Hunt (#117) – CMT @ 9/8c
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