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 2, Episode 4

In The Long Run. Image shows from L to R: Bagpipes (Bill Bailey), Melissa (Amani Johnson), Kirsty (Kellie Shirley)
Walter is struggling to resolve the strike until he stumbles upon a secret weapon - Rajesh!

Further details

Walter is struggling to resolve the strike until he stumbles upon a secret weapon - Rajesh! A tense meeting leads to new and exciting possibilities for the Easmon's future. Despite Bagpipes protests, Kirsty tries to earn a little money at the local bookies and Leon starts to share in his responsibilities with Melissa. Meanwhile, Kobna's job gives him a new-found confidence and for the first time he falls in love - with Don's daughter Kerry. But is Kobna really ready to step into a man's shoes?

Broadcast details

Wednesday 6th November 2019
Sky One
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 7th November 2019 1:00am Sky2
Thursday 7th November 2019 11:00pm Sky1
Saturday 9th November 2019 10:00pm Sky2
Wednesday 13th November 2019 1:55am Sky1
Wednesday 17th June 2020 9:30pm Sky2
Tuesday 21st July 2020 10:30pm Sky2
Thursday 18th May 2023 12:15am Sky Comedy
Saturday 20th May 2023 1:55am Sky Comedy
Thursday 1st February 2024 8:25am Sky Comedy
Thursday 1st February 2024 7:30pm Sky Comedy
Sunday 4th February 2024 9:00am Sky Comedy
Friday 12th April 2024 5:00pm Sky Comedy
Monday 15th April 2024 10:00am Sky Comedy
Saturday 20th April 2024 5:30pm Sky Comedy

Cast & crew

Idris Elba Walter
Bill Bailey Bagpipes
Madeline Appiah Agnes
Jimmy Akingbola Valentine
Kellie Shirley Kirsty
Sammy Kamara Kobna
Neil D'Souza Rajesh
Malaki Paul Singing Boy
Guest cast
Arthur Nightingale Vic
Amani Johnson Melissa
Neil Fitzmaurice Dennis
Kevin Bishop Don
Curtis Walker Leon
Charlotte Eaton Colleen
Isabelle Allen Kerry
Clare Pointing Nursery Assistant
Kamal Oddy Mixed Race Lad 1
Elliot Greene White Lad 2
Writing team
Jon MacQueen Series Consultant
Grace Ofori-Attah Story Supervisor
Ben Tagoe Writer
Production team
Sandy Johnson Director
Alex Walsh-Taylor Producer
Idris Elba Executive Producer
Gina Carter Executive Producer
Jon Mountague Executive Producer
Ana Garanito Associate Producer
Alison B Matthews Line Producer
Adam Bokey Editor
Damien Creagh Production Designer
Catherine Willis Casting Director
Amanda Monk Costume Designer
Simon Vickery Director of Photography
Kelvin Richard Director of Photography
Maxine Dallas Make-up Designer
James BKS Composer
Matt Bell (as Matthew Bell) 1st Assistant Director

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