The week in TV: The Long Song; Searching for Kanye; Grizzly Bear Cubs and Me; and more – review

A superb adaptation of Andrea Levy’s historical novel managed to be raw, daring and comic. Less edifying was a pursuit of the rapper Kanye West

Dramatised by Sarah Williams from Andrea Levy’s 2010 Man Booker-nominated novel, The Long Song, directed by Mahalia Belo, told the 19th-century tale of a Jamaican plantation slave, July (Tamara Lawrance). Born from the rape of her field-slave mother, Kitty (Sharon Duncan-Brewster), by a white overseer, July (the voice of the story) was taken on a whim by the English plantation owner’s spoilt sister, Caroline (Hayley Atwell), renamed “Marguerite”, and turned into her maid (“I could have you whipped for this – I could have you sent back to the fields”). Caught up in the bloody aftermath of the 1831 slave rebellion, July was to discover that, even after abolition, black people were still at the mercy of white people.

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