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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Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 3

In The Long Run. Image shows from L to R: Bagpipes (Bill Bailey), Walter (Idris Elba). Copyright: Sprout Pictures
Valentine signs up for open trials at Leyton Orient football club. Meanwhile, Agnes and Kirsty discover their elderly neighbour Ernie has been dead for days.

Further details

Keen to revive his football career, Valentine signs up for open trials at Leyton Orient, which can only mean one thing: time to get training! With Bagpipes on board as coach, he pounds the streets to get match fit. But the pair soon run into trouble when they are stopped by the police.

Meanwhile, Agnes and Kirsty discover their elderly neighbour Ernie has been dead for days and no one knew. Shocked the community has so failed its elders, they vow to give him a dignified send-off. But tracking down his friends and family proves far from easy.

Broadcast details

Thursday 5th April 2018
Sky One
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 6th April 2018 1:00am Sky2
Friday 6th April 2018 10:00pm Sky2
Saturday 7th April 2018 1:00am Sky1
Sunday 8th April 2018 11:00pm Sky1
Thursday 7th June 2018 3:00am Sky1
Tuesday 15th October 2019 10:00pm Sky2
Wednesday 10th June 2020 9:00pm Sky2
Wednesday 15th July 2020 10:00pm Sky2
Saturday 18th July 2020 12:10am Sky2
Wednesday 13th October 2021 10:00pm Sky Comedy
Monday 24th April 2023 12:30am Sky Comedy
Thursday 27th April 2023 1:05am Sky Comedy
Monday 1st May 2023 1:30am Sky Comedy
Monday 29th January 2024 8:00am Sky Comedy
Monday 29th January 2024 7:00pm Sky Comedy
Saturday 3rd February 2024 8:00am Sky Comedy

Cast & crew

Idris Elba Walter
Bill Bailey Bagpipes
Madeline Appiah Agnes
Jimmy Akingbola Valentine
Kellie Shirley Kirsty
Quincy Frank
Deno Driz Singing Boy
Ellen Thomas Mama (Voice)
Guest cast
Doreen Ingleton Maureen
Bella Emberg Sheila
Arthur Nightingale Vic
Divian Ladwa Hiten
Jude Akuwudike Uncle Akie
Umar Elba Kwame
Dickon Tolson Sergeant Henk
Simon Sherlock Constable Dwyer
Steve Furst Mr Padgett
Toby Williams Coach
Chris Armer Skiffle Band
Gordon Armer Skiffle Band
Tony Arthur Skiffle Band
Dan Stewart Skiffle Band
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
Carleen Beadle (as Carleen Beadle-Larcombe) Line Producer
Ana Garanito Associate Producer
Adam Bokey Editor
Damien Creagh Production Designer
Catherine Willis Casting Director
Amanda Monk Costume Designer
Ray Coates Director of Photography
Sjaan Gillings Make-up Designer
Jay Arthur 1st Assistant Director

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