The Long Song: Season 1 (2018)


Season 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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Critic Ratings: 19

70%

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User Ratings: 10

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Episodes

Air date: Dec 18, 2018

Born a slave, July is taken from her mother to a plantation house and forced to work as a personal maid for Caroline.

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Air date: Dec 19, 2018

The harvest at Amity is ready, but tensions rise between the workers and overseer Robert when the field hands rebel against his work demands.

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Air date: Dec 20, 2018

Facing labor unrest and financial ruin for the plantation, Robert's sanity starts to unravel, with potentially devastating consequences for July.

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Cast & Crew

Tamara Lawrance
July

Actor
Hayley Atwell
Caroline Mortimer

Actor
Jack Lowden
Robert

Actor
Doña Croll
Old July

Actor
Ansu Kabia
James Richards

Actor
Leighton Hudson
Benjamin

Actor
Jo Martin
Hannah

Actor
Shereen Gray
Peggy Jump

Actor
Ethan Hazzard
Elias

Actor
Clarisse Albrecht
Mary Ellis

Actor
Richard Pepple
Dublin Hilton

Actor
Andy Frestner
Samuel Lewis

Actor
Joy Richardson
Miss Rose

Actor
Jordan Bolger
Nimrod

Actor
Dorian da Silva
Driver Jackson

Actor
Esther Tejeda
Lilian

Actor
Madeleine Mantock
Miss Clara

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David Heyman
Executive Producer
Rosie Alison
Executive Producer
Andrea Levy
Executive Producer
Sarah Williams
Executive Producer
Tom Coan
Executive Producer
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  • Mar 26, 2021
    July's life was hard but it was beautiful. She was far from the saint others have claimed her to be. She believed the lies about people she should have known backward and forward. In reality, there were no white saviors or kind mistresses. Absolute power destroys the souls of those with power and those without it. She believed the lies that the whites told the enslaved about who they were. For this reason, she gave away her first child and sought to have a second with a white overseer. She believed his difference made him kind. He still saw her as less than human. And rather than running with her child, she held on belief in him until the bitter end. The reality is she believes the lies. It was a well-written even better-acted story. I was glad to see the enslaved not willing to be so submissives and willing to please. They were real people with real desires. Well worth the watch.
  • Feb 21, 2021
    I give it five full stars for the great acting, especially Tamara Lawrance. You can't take your eyes off her. What a wonderful moving performance by Lawrance, unforgettable. Hayley Atwell plays the selfish and shallow mistress with a comedic touch. She also gives a great performance, and the two of them together are a treat to see. And Jack Lowden renders a horrifying portrayal of the weak minded "master." But even aside from that magnificent acting, the story, the other actors, the exotic setting - all contribute to an excellent but saddening show. The evils of slavery are evident throughout. And heartbreaking.
  • Feb 01, 2021
    Could have been so great. Whatever happened to the notion that less is more? So many of these furious revisionist period dramas are so shrill and seething with vengeance and rage that the characters are drawn in a completely binary fashion of pure good vs. pure evil--like all those superhero films--which I thought we all understood is FANTASY, not reality. In The Long Song it plays itself out with all white women (and some white men) characterized as vulgar, cruel, mindlessly sadistic, punitive, avaricious, stupid, brutal, fiendish, spoiled, gibbering, petty, neurotic, shrill, brutal, and ridiculously silly--while Black people are characterized as near saints--kind, intelligent, sensitive, compassionate, thoughtful, reflective, grounded, realistic, canny, wise, humorous, nuanced, and multifacted. As said: humankind is not constructed like that. Neither individuals--not groups of people--are All Heroic vs. All Villains. It's not realistic, regarding any race nor any time period in history. Don't most people (aside from professional critics) see how manipulative, artless, and dishonest this kind of show ends up being? Makes me so sad, because realistically rendered history, realistically told stories of whole human beings--who are now as ever, always complex, surprising, fallible, and contradictory--set in any time period are so much more interesting and enriching to watch.

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