If there’s one event set to have us all gripped over the holiday season, it’s “The Long Song”. Based on the novel by Andrea Levy, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, “The Long Song” is set in 19th-Jamaica, during the last days of slavery, through the Christmas riots and abolition — all through the life of July, the powerful protagonist.

“Every day at work is enlightening,” Tamara Lawrance, who plays July, explained. “A real blessing to be amongst this cast and crew, playing a character as subversive as July. She relishes mutiny with wit and courage; finding ways to win in spite of her circumstances. She also rings true to Jamaica’s national heroes – Nanny, Paul Bogle, and Sam Sharpe – who, by standing up for their own humanity, shifted world history. I believe stories like these illuminate the legacy of slavery in relation to where we are today. It’s all still relevant!”

It certainly is. With a cast including Lawrence, Sir Lenny Henry, Jack Lowde, and Hayley Atwell, it promises to be a tour-de-force. You can see the whole trailer here:

If you’re ready to tune in, the first installment of the three-part series will air on Tuesday 18th December on BBC1 at 9 pm.