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. 12 episodes (2 series), 2018 - 2019. Stars Idris Elba, Bill Bailey, Madeline Appiah, Jimmy Akingbola and others.

Next new episode is on Wednesday at 10pm. Series 2, Episode 2
Series 2, Episode 1 is repeated on Sky2 tomorrow at 10pm.

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

In The Long Run

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

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2018 - 2019
Channel
Sky One
Episodes
12   (2 series)
Creator
Idris Elba
Starring
Idris Elba, Bill Bailey, Madeline Appiah, Jimmy Akingbola, Kellie Shirley, Sammy Kamara, Mattie Boys, Quincy and others
Writers
Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis, Stuart Lane and Danielle Ward
Directors
Declan Lowney, Cecile Emeke and Sandy Johnson
Producers
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.

Production Details

Production companies
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 29th March 2018 on Sky One at 2am
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 20th November 2019 on Sky One at 10pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 2 Episode 1: Tomorrow at 10pm on Sky2
  2. Series 2 Episode 1: Wednesday at 12am on Sky1
  3. Series 2 Episode 2: Wednesday at 11:30pm on Sky2
  4. Series 2 Episode 2: Thursday at 11pm on Sky1
  5. Series 2 Episode 2: Saturday 26th October at 10pm on Sky2
  6. Series 2 Episode 2: Wednesday 30th October at 12am on Sky1
  7. Series 2 Episode 3: Thursday 31st October at 1am on Sky2
  8. Series 2 Episode 3: Thursday 31st October at 11pm on Sky1

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