The Long Song: Series 1 Reviews

February 4, 2021
The Long Song refuses to be a conventional period drama, pushing back against one-dimensional portrayals of the enslaved, whilst also never letting the masters of the system off the hook.
February 2, 2021
A surprisingly intimate view of the scourge that slavery was in Jamaica.
February 1, 2021
It's the rare streaming-era show that doesn't feel padded for binge viewing. And all three lead performances, especially Lawrance's, are world class. All told, it's a very good miniseries that should have been great.
February 1, 2021
What begins as a dangerous attraction evolves into a twisted triangle, further complicated by labor unrest on the sugar plantation ironically named Amity.
February 1, 2021
As acted by Lawrance and written by Levy and Williams, however, July is also wry, funny and delightfully rude. She is, despite the best efforts of the white people constantly dismissing her as collateral, a full human worthy of starring in her own story.
January 29, 2021
It's hard to watch, and more essential viewing for it; the three-parter takes place from an enslaved woman's point of view, and it looks straight at the violence, sadism, and moral depravity of the British plantation owners.
January 29, 2021
The tone is strangely mischievous, which doesn't mean it lacks heart; it's just packed with a touching, dreamlike poignancy.
March 8, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2019
Within it, though, are some riveting tangles: all the dispossessions, acquirements and, latterly, invigorating exchanges of postcolonial drama.
March 7, 2019
A grim tale for Christmas, with fun trimmings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 7, 2019
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.
March 7, 2019
A beautiful, moving, horrifying adaptation of her unsimple tale, that honours the source and its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 14, 2019
Tamara Lawrance combines fiery spirit and heart-wrenching pathos in the role of July, with Sharon Duncan-Brewster a magnificently indomitable Kitty.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 13, 2019
As stripped back there is actually a pretty great drama here just trying to get out.
February 6, 2019
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.
December 22, 2018
The Long Song upholds that such moral outrage is not only possible, but imperative. Apologies are in order.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2018
A period drama that enjoys playing with convention and defying expectations, which is a welcome sight.