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Today’s featured TV show is the 3 part miniseries adaptation of 2011 Walter Scott Prize recipient The Long Song by Andrea Levy. I adored every second, and since it’s only available on BBC iPlayer for 3 more weeks, I thought I’d waste no time in letting you know all about how amazing it is!
What’s it about?
The Long Song tells the story of July, a slave born on a sugar plantation in Jamaica. It follows her life as maid to Caroline Mortimer, sister of the plantation’s owner, in the period leading up to the abolition of slavery in the 1830s.
As I didn’t read the novel before watching this adaptation, I can’t comment on how faithfully it follows the novel’s plot – I can only comment on how thoroughly gripped and moved I was by the TV series.
Why I love it
This series is definitely not an easy watch – at times I felt so uncomfortable witnessing how horrifically the slaves were treated by the plantation owners. But it’s such an important story, and one that very much needs to be heard. July gives voice to a generation of Jamaican slaves in the time on either side of the abolition.
At points I was moved to tears, but these darker moments are lightened by July’s boundless resolve, courage and sense of humour. I completely fell in love with her character, and equally hated the character of Caroline Mortimer; the entire cast gave fantastic performances, stirring up so many different emotions in me.
Recommended if you like:
Moving dramas, biographical stories, educational series