The Long Song

This three-part miniseries based on Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel about the end of slavery in Jamaica follows July (Tamara Lawrance), an indomitable, young slave who works on a sugarcane plantation with her detestable mistress, Caroline Mortimer (Hayley Atwell). Their lives change with the arrival of a new overseer, Robert Goodwin (Jack Lowden) who sets out to improve life on the plantation.

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Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking and Raymond James with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future.

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Bringing the Story to Screen


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An anxious Caroline begs July to come sit with her while they wait for Robert's return.

The Love Triangle


The Long Song cast on the power struggle between Caroline and July over Robert.



Robert expects workers to put in long hours. The workers are now free to challenge him.

Tamara Lawrance Introduces July


Actress Tamara Lawrance and director Mahalia Belo discuss the character of July.



It's a contest of wills as July helps Caroline dress for the day.