In The Long Run. Image shows from L to R: Kobna (Sammy Kamara), Agnes (Madeline Appiah), Walter (Idris Elba), Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola). Copyright: Sky.

In The Long Run

Sky One sitcom by Idris Elba. 19 episodes (3 series), 2018 - 2020. Stars Idris Elba, Bill Bailey, Madeline Appiah, Jimmy Akingbola and others.

In The Long Run. Image shows from L to R: Kobna (Sammy Kamara), Agnes (Madeline Appiah), Walter (Idris Elba), Mama (Ellen Thomas), Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola), Bagpipes (Bill Bailey), Kirsty (Kellie Shirley), Dean (Mattie Boys).

In The Long Run

Semi-autobiographical comedy created by and starring Idris Elba, set in mid-1980s Hackney

2018 - 2020
Sky One
19   (3 series)
Idris Elba
Idris Elba, Bill Bailey, Madeline Appiah, Jimmy Akingbola, Kellie Shirley, Sammy Kamara, Mattie Boys, Quincy and others
Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis, Stuart Lane and Danielle Ward
Declan Lowney, Cecile Emeke, Sandy Johnson and Ian Aryeh
Charlie Hanson and Alex Walsh-Taylor

Set in London in the 1980s, In The Long Run is about the Easmon family. Amid the tower blocks and shell suits, life for Walter and Agnes Easmon is all about quiet routine. They arrived from Sierra Leone 13 years ago and are happy earning enough to pay the bills with a bit left over to send back home.

Walter works hard alongside his mate and neighbour Bagpipes at the local factory while Evelyn patrols the estate selling make-up door-to-door. Their British born son Kobna and his best mate Scott hang out on the estate playing football and doing their best to dodge the local thugs.

But when Walter's brother Valentine arrives to the UK, his energy and lust for life changes everything. He crashes into their lives bringing laughter and chaos and igniting a passion for music in Kobna. And though he frustrates Agnes and tests Walter's patience, Kobna adores his 'funcle' Valentine because after all, he's family.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 29th March 2018 on Sky One at 2am
Last new broadcast
Thursday 27th August 2020 on Sky One at 11pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 10:00pm on Sky Comedy

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