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: John (Gordon Kane), Uncle Akie (Jude Akuwudike).

Series 1, Episode 4

Walter's goddaughter Cynthia ropes the family in to help arrange her engagement party when he own father refuses to support her and her fiancé.

Further details

Walter's goddaughter Cynthia arrives at the Easmons' flat in a panic and begs Walter for help. Her engagement party is about to be ruined because her father, Uncle Akie, disapproves of the union and is refusing to take part in the traditional ceremony. Walter and Agnes agree to take on the role of 'family elders' and are tasked with making sure everything goes smoothly. Valentine is to provide the music and Kobna jumps at the chance to assist with the DJing.

But the problem extends beyond Cynthia's side of the family. Fiancé Kevin's Glaswegian clan struggle with the West African traditions, and stereotypes and misconceptions on both sides threaten to derail the relationship before it's begun.

Broadcast details

Thursday 12th April 2018
Sky One
30 minutes

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
Deno Driz Singing Boy
Ellen Thomas Mama (Voice)
Guest cast
Jude Akuwudike Uncle Akie
Adelayo Adedayo Cynthia
Jessye Romeo Adelaide
Shola Adewusi Auntie Gloria
Mensah Bediako Uncle Godfearing
Umar Elba Kofi
Selina Griffiths Jane
Gordon Kane John
Anne Downie Granny
Michael Lockerbie Kevin
Writing team
Emma Brown Script Editor
Grace Ofori-Attah Writer
Production team
Declan Lowney Director
Charlie Hanson Producer
Idris Elba Executive Producer
Gina Carter Executive Producer
Jon Mountague Executive Producer

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