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Born a slave, July is taken from her mother to a plantation house and forced to work for the odious Caroline. But as she matures she starts to learn how to handle her new mistress.

July is born to a field slave Kitty (Sharon Duncan-Brewster) at the Amity sugar cane plantation, run by John Howarth (Leo Bill) and his younger sister Caroline. On a spoilt whim, Caroline decides she wants to train the adorable July as her personal maid. So, as a young girl, July is taken from her mother and forced to live in the great house. As July grows up and becomes a teenager, she learns how to ‘handle’ her mistress with her own small victories along the way.

The Christmas riots and the abolition of slavery turn the world of Amity upside down and throw July’s destiny into question. But when order is restored and a new overseer Robert Goodwin (Jack Lowden) arrives at Amity, July and Caroline are both intrigued by his seemingly revolutionary plans to improve the plantation. Could his ideals change everything?
Cast includes Tamara Lawrance as July, Hayley Atwell as Caroline Mortimer, Jack Lowden as Robert Goodwin, Sir Lenny Henry as Godfrey, Doña Croll as Old July, Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Kitty, Ayesha Antoine as Molly, Arinzé Kene as Thomas, Ansu Kabia as James Richards, Jordan Bolger as Nimrod, Joy Richardson as Miss Rose, Madeleine Mantock as Miss Clara and Leo Bill as John Howarth.

58 minutes

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Monday 22:00

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Role Contributor
July Tamara Lawrance
Caroline Mortimer Hayley Atwell
Robert Jack Lowden
John Howarth Leo Bill
Old July Dona Croll
Godfrey Lenny Henry
Hannah Jo Martin
Molly Ayesha Antoine
Elias Ethan Hazzard
Kitty Sharon Duncan-Brewster
Tam Dewar Gordon Brown
Dublin Hilton Richard Pepple
Miss Rose Joy Richardson
7-Year-Old July Kara-Leah cHLD ACTRESS. nO url
Nimrod Jordan Bolger
George Sadler David Verrey
Evelyn Sadler Lizzie Hopley
Charles Wyndham Harry Gostelow
Miss Clara Madeleine Mantock
Byron Luis Bryan Mesa
Militia Man 1 Christian Alvarez
Patience Marie Michelle Brazile
Minister's Wife Elizabeth Turra
Executive Producer David Heyman
Executive Producer Rosie Alison
Executive Producer Andrea Levy
Executive Producer Sarah Williams
Executive Producer Tom Coan
Producer Roopesh Parekh
Author Andrea Levy
Adaptor Sarah Williams
Director Mahalia Belo

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