BBC has released the trailer for the three-part adaptation of Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel The Long Song, airing on BBC One.
The series, set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica, is told from the perspective of July (Tamara Lawrance), a strong-willed, young slave who lives on a plantation owned by Caroline Mortimer (Hayley Atwell). When a charming new arrival to the island, Robert Goodwin (Jack Lowden), becomes the new overseer, July and her odious mistress, Caroline, are both intrigued by his seemingly revolutionary determination to improve the plantation for the slaves and mistress alike.
Directed by Mahalia Belo, the show also stars Sir Lenny Henry, Doña Croll, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Ayesha Antoine, Arinzé Kene, Ansu Kabia, Jordan Bolger, Joy Richardson, Madeleine Mantock, and Leo Bill.
Described as “a story about the injustices that humans inflict upon each other and the unexpected ways in which people’s humanity sometimes overrules their prejudices,” The Long Song is also “a story of love, hope, passion, survival and determination, full of insight and humour”.
The song playing in the background is “Hard Time” by Seinabo Sey from her debut EP “For Madeleine”.