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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Series 1, Episode 5

In The Long Run. Image shows from L to R: Bagpipes (Bill Bailey), Walter (Idris Elba)
Valentine has a new relationship in the offing, but will it last? Meanwhile, Bagpipes and Kirsty take a long-awaited romantic holiday and discover a development of new-build homes that pique their interest.

Further details

Valentine is excited by his relationship with Adelaide, a British-born woman of Sierra Leone heritage he met at the engagement party. Walter and Agnes can tell she is different from his usual conquests, but the relationship is cut short by Adelaide, who doesn't feel she and Valentine are a true match.

Bagpipes and Kirsty take a long-awaited romantic holiday... in a motorhome in Essex. Kirsty fixates on spicing up their sex life with role play and even some 'al fresco' fun, but Bagpipes is less convinced and when the pair stumble on to a development site for new-build homes, he jumps at the chance for a viewing. They're both excited by the idea of a new start and put in an offer.

Meanwhile, Agnes is inspired to learn to drive. She starts taking lessons with Walter but quickly realises not even the strongest of marriages is road-rage proof. Exasperated, she convinces a heartbroken Valentine to take over as instructor, and uses it as a chance to offer some sage advice.

Broadcast details

Thursday 19th April 2018
Sky One
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 20th April 2018 1:00am Sky2
Friday 20th April 2018 10:00pm Sky2
Saturday 21st April 2018 1:00am Sky1
Sunday 22nd April 2018 11:00pm Sky1
Saturday 9th June 2018 3:00am Sky1
Tuesday 15th October 2019 11:00pm Sky2
Thursday 11th June 2020 9:00pm Sky2
Thursday 16th July 2020 10:00pm Sky2
Sunday 19th July 2020 12:10am Sky2
Wednesday 20th October 2021 10:00pm Sky Comedy
Tuesday 2nd May 2023 11:00pm Sky Comedy
Saturday 6th May 2023 12:15am Sky Comedy
Tuesday 9th May 2023 12:50am Sky Comedy
Tuesday 30th January 2024 8:00am Sky Comedy
Tuesday 30th January 2024 7:00pm Sky Comedy
Saturday 3rd February 2024 9:00am Sky Comedy
Friday 5th April 2024 4:30pm Sky Comedy

Cast & crew

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
Jessye Romeo Adelaide
Dan Mersh Mr Walker
Writing team
Claire Downes Writer
Ian Jarvis Writer
Stuart Lane Writer
Grace Ofori-Attah Writer (Additional Material)
Emma Brown Script Editor
Production team
Cecile Emeke 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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