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David Heyman Adapting Andrea Levy Novel THE LONG SONG for BBC One

David Heyman Adapting Andrea Levy Novel THE LONG SONG for BBC One

HARRY POTTER Producer David Heyman has signed on Andrea Levy's novel THE LONG SONG into a drama for BBC One, as reported by Deadline.

THE LONG SONG follows the story of the final days of slavery in Jamaica in 1838. It will focus on the character July, a headstrong female whose life is flipped upside down as she goes from slave to mother of a gentleman. The story will be told through July's eyes in a series of flashbacks, as she looks back on her life.

Heyman's company Heyday Television, Levy, Williams, Rosie Alison, Elizabeth Kilagarriff and Roopesh Parekh will produce the three part series and distributed by NBC Universal.

The show will be written by Sarah Williams (BBC One's SMALL ISLAND and ITV's CASE SENSITIVE).

THE LONG SONG was originally going to be adapted into a movie with Film 4, before its turn to television.

Heyman's previous work include BBC2 trilogy WORRICKER starring Ralph Fiennes, Christopher Walken and Helena Bonham Carter.

Heyman said this about the upcoming adaptation.

"It's a novel full of surprise and unpredictable twists, upending any easy stereotypes of slave and master. We're delighted that writer Sarah Williams has been able to capture the wit and verve of Andrea's fiercely original heroine, July."

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