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   I admit that I picked up this title simply because I saw the ubiquitous Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover but he has a relatively minor role in this two part series.  Based on a book of the same name the movie follows the lives of Jamaican immigrants in London during and after World War II. Hortense (played by Naomie Harris) is a proud young teacher who dreams of a better life than her drab, parochial one in the British colony Jamaica. Gilbert (played by David Oyelowo) also dreams of the same and decides to enlist in the RAF with the aim of establishing himself in England when the war is over. Queenie is a young woman from Yorkshire who is intent on bettering herself and moves to London and takes elocution lessons, she meets Bernard (Cumberbatch) and reluctantly agrees to marry him. The characters change and grow in unexpected ways. I did some research on the main actors and I was actually quite surprised to see that lead actors David Oyelowo and Naomie Harris aren't Jamaicans-the accent is spot on.  The movie won several awards in Britain and rightly so, it is a must see for anyone who likes good drama and/or is interested in the experience of the West Indian diaspora in Britain.

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