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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

In The Long Run

  • TV sitcom
  • Sky One
  • 2018 - 2020
  • 19 episodes (3 series)

Semi-autobiographical comedy created by and starring Idris Elba, set in mid-1980s Hackney. Also features Bill Bailey, Madeline Appiah, Jimmy Akingbola, Kellie Shirley, Sammy Kamara and more.

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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)

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2018 - 2020
Channel
Sky One
Episodes
19 (3 series)
Creator
Idris Elba
Stars
Idris Elba, Bill Bailey, Madeline Appiah, Jimmy Akingbola, Kellie Shirley, Sammy Kamara, Mattie Boys, Ellen Thomas and more
Writers
Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis, Stuart Lane, Danielle Ward, Grace Ofori-Attah and Jon MacQueen
Directors
Declan Lowney, Cecile Emeke, Sandy Johnson and Ian Aryeh
Producers
Charlie Hanson, Alex Walsh-Taylor, Idris Elba, Gina Carter, Jon Mountague, Tilusha Ghelani, Carleen Beadle, Ana Garanito and Alison B Matthews
Companies

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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Camera set-up
Single camera
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 29th March 2018 at 2am on Sky One
Next repeats
  1. Series 1, Episode 6: Monday at 10am on Sky Comedy
  2. Series 2, Episode 1: Monday at 4:30pm on Sky Comedy
  3. Series 2, Episode 1: Tuesday at 10am on Sky Comedy
  4. Series 2, Episode 2: Tuesday at 4:30pm on Sky Comedy
  5. Series 2, Episode 2: Wednesday at 10am on Sky Comedy
  6. Series 2, Episode 3: Wednesday at 4:30pm on Sky Comedy
  7. Series 2, Episode 3: Thursday at 10am on Sky Comedy
  8. Series 2, Episode 4: Thursday at 4:30pm on Sky Comedy
  9. Series 2, Episode 4: Friday at 10am on Sky Comedy
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