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.

Returns Thursday 23rd July at 10pm. Episode Guide
Series 1, Episode 1 is repeated on Sky2 today at 10pm.

In The Long Run. Image shows from L to R: Agnes (Madeline Appiah), Walter (Idris Elba). Copyright: Sprout Pictures.

Series 1, Episode 1

Valentine Easmon's arrival upsets the gentle pace of life for his hard-working brother and his family...

Further details

Walter receives a letter from his mother telling him his younger brother Valentine is coming from Sierra Leone to live with him. Valentine's imminent arrival causes a stir on the estate, especially with Walter's wife Agnes, who believes he may be a bad influence.

On his first night, Valentine is charged with looking after young Kobna. Walter asks Bagpipes to check in on them, but before long Valentine, Bagpipes, his wife Kirsty and the kids find themselves at the local pub where a little drunken rivalry between the men gets out of hand. Agnes is returning from her rounds when she sees the children sitting outside the pub, and realises her fears about Valentine have been confirmed.


This episode is dedicated to the memory of Bella Emberg, 1939 - 2018.

Broadcast details

Thursday 29th March 2018
Sky One
30 minutes


  1. Tuesday 14th July 2020 at 10:00pm on Sky2
  2. Saturday 18th July 2020 at 11:10pm on Sky2

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Idris Elba Walter
Bill Bailey Bagpipes
Madeline Appiah Agnes
Jimmy Akingbola Valentine
Kellie Shirley Kirsty
Sammy Kamara Kobna
Mattie Boys Dean
Quincy Frank
Deno Driz Singing Boy
Ellen Thomas Mama (Voice)
Guest cast
Gus Barry Lee
Sonnyboy Skelton Martin
Doreen Ingleton Maureen
Bella Emberg Sheila
Arthur Nightingale Vic
Divian Ladwa Hiten
Tracy Kearney Nurse
Writing team
Claire Downes Writer
Ian Jarvis Writer
Stuart Lane Writer
Grace Ofori-Attah Writer (Additional Material)
Emma Brown Script Editor
Production team
Declan Lowney Director
Charlie Hanson Producer
Idris Elba Executive Producer
Gina Carter Executive Producer
Jon Mountague Executive Producer
Adam Bokey Editor
Damien Creagh Production Designer

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