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.

Press Clippings

In the Long Run review

Review of the third series.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 24th July 2020

In the Long Run, series 3, episode 1, review

When did Idris Elba last make anything good?

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 23rd July 2020

Idris Elba returns for a third season of his semiautobiographical comedy about his upbringing in 1980s east London. Walter (Elba) is excited about the arrival of his mother from Sierra Leone, but his brother Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola) is soon disappointed at being usurped as the favourite child by Mama's grandson Kobna. Meanwhile, Bagpipes (Bill Bailey) experiences the unexpected return of his panic attacks, prompting a health kick, while planned changes to the Eastbridge estate might not mean the best outcome for the community.

Ammar Kalia, The Guardian, 22nd July 2020

Idris Elba & Jimmy Akingbola interview

Idris Elba on making sure In The Long Run reflected racial realities.

Craig McLean, Radio Times, 18th July 2020

Idris Elba interview

'I didn't set out to do a comedy, I set out to tell the story of my life'. Idris Elba tells Georgia Humphreys about his semi-autobiographical show, In The Long Run, why community matters and what's next for the iconic character Luther.

Georgia Humphreys, Belfast Telegraph, 18th July 2020

Jimmy Akingbola interview

The In the Long Run actor on his rocketing career and the challenges he has faced along the way.

Stephen Armstrong, The Times, 17th July 2020

Sky confirms In The Long Run Series 3

A third series of In The Long Run, the sitcom created by Idris Elba, has been filmed. It'll be shown on Sky One from 22nd July.

British Comedy Guide, 21st May 2020

As Melissa's adoption party gears up, Bagpipes (Bill Bailey) is starting to think his estranged parents "might be a little bit racist" - which a visit to them with Walter may or may not confirm ("Would you like me to see if next door has a can of Lilt?" asks Mum). Great fun, great 80s soundtrack, too.

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 13th November 2019

In the Long Run, series 2 episode 1 review

Actor Idris Elba's semi-autobiographical sitcom In the Long Run (Sky One) was back for a second series of nostalgic shenanigans. But warm-hearted though it was, the show sadly felt as dated as its Eighties setting.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 16th October 2019

In the Long Run, review

Idris Elba's sitcom has a lot of heart, but is still lacking heft.

Barbara Speed, i Newspaper, 16th October 2019