Set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica and adapted from the award-winning novel by Andrea Levy, ‘The Long Song’ follows the trials, tribulations and survival of a wily, strong-willed slave July  on a plantation owned by her odious mistress Caroline Mortimer.

When a charming new arrival to the island, Robert Goodwin, becomes the new overseer, July and Caroline are both intrigued by his seemingly revolutionary determination to improve the plantation for the slaves and mistress alike.

But far from being a harrowing tale of violence and misery that one might expect from such a history, it is in fact a story of love, hope, passion, survival and determination, full of insight and humour.

Catch Earache’s fabulous Doña Croll as Old July in “The Long Song” on 18th, 19th and 20th Dec, 9pm, BBC1.