The Long Song: Series 1 (2018 - 2021)


Series 1
The Long Song

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The Long Song refreshingly grounds its historical drama from the perspective of the oppressed, unblinkingly depicting the horror of slavery while simultaneously exploring the compelling inner worlds of those held captive by it.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2021

Drama set during the final days of slavery in 19th-century Jamaica. July is born to field slave Kitty at the Amity sugar cane plantation run by John Howarth and his younger sister Caroline. On a spoilt whim, Caroline decides she wants to train July as her personal maid.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2021

The harvest at Amity is ready to be taken in or the crop will spoil, but tensions are brewing between the workers and Robert. Robert expects the workers to put in long hours, while the workers are now free to challenge his authority. With Robert feeling more and more humiliated with the 'ungrateful' former slaves, a dangerous stand-off develops between them. July can see Robert changing, and this scares her.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2021

With the crop starting to spoil and Amity in ruins, Robert's sanity starts to unravel - with potentially devastating consequences for July and her child. Many years later as an old woman, July is in a desperate position and uncertain of her future. Arrested for stealing food, July appears in court - but an unexpected presence could help to save her life.

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Cast & Crew

Doña Croll
Old July
Ethan Hazzard
Elias
Jack Lowden
Robert
Richard Pepple
Dublin Hilton
Joy Richardson
Miss Rose
Hayley Atwell
Caroline Mortimer
Andy Frestner
Samuel Lewis
Esther Tejeda
Lilian
Dorian da Silva
Driver Jackson
Luis Bryan Mesa
Byron
Leighton Hudson
Benjamin
Shereen Gray
Peggy Jump
Ansu Kabia
James Richards
Clarisse Albrecht
Mary Ellis
Andrea Levy
Sarah Williams
Tom Coan
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Critic Reviews for The Long Song Series 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

A beautiful, moving, horrifying adaptation of her unsimple tale, that honours the source and its subject.

Mar 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A grim tale for Christmas, with fun trimmings.

Mar 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Tamara Lawrance combines fiery spirit and heart-wrenching pathos in the role of July, with Sharon Duncan-Brewster a magnificently indomitable Kitty.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This was a gripping, unflinching and unapologetic redress of the vague popular notion that Britain's eventual role in ending slavery should count for more than the untold misery caused by our enthusiastic participation beforehand.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The Long Song upholds that such moral outrage is not only possible, but imperative. Apologies are in order.

Dec 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's worth tuning in for Lawrance alone and the episode teaser promised that the arrival of a new plantation overseer might offer a little more light and shade in the story-telling. The subject deserves it.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Within it, though, are some riveting tangles: all the dispossessions, acquirements and, latterly, invigorating exchanges of postcolonial drama.

Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…

BBC1's new drama The Long Song is so finely-tuned and carefully-balanced that it'll break your heart - and make you laugh at the same time.

Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…

As stripped back there is actually a pretty great drama here just trying to get out.

Feb 13, 2019 | Full Review…

A period drama that enjoys playing with convention and defying expectations, which is a welcome sight.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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