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. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2018. Stars Idris Elba, Bill Bailey, Madeline Appiah, Jimmy Akingbola and others.

Another series is in development.

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: First look

A return to 1985 is in store as we throw back to the decade of shell suits and turtlenecks in brand new Sky comedy In The Long Run, which starts on Thursday 29th March at 10pm on Sky One.

Created by and featuring Golden Globe winner Idris Elba with an ensemble cast including comedy favourite Bill Bailey, this first look at the series takes a nostalgic look back at life in 1980s East London with Elba at the helm as family man Walter Easmon, alongside wife Agnes (Madeline Appiah), son Kobna (Sammy Kamara) and younger brother Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola).

Bill Bailey co-stars as hapless neighbour Bagpipes, with Kellie Shirley as his wife, Kirsty.

In The Long Run. Image shows from L to R: Kirsty (Kellie Shirley), Bagpipes (Bill Bailey). Copyright: Sky.

The comedy, inspired by the childhood memories of Idris Elba, follows the story of Walter and Agnes Easmon, whose life is all about quiet routine. They arrived from Sierra Leone 13 years ago and work hard to pay the bills, raise son Kobna as well as support their family back home.

But when Walter's brother, Valentine, comes to stay, his exuberance and lust for life changes everything. Looking to make a life for himself in the UK, he crashes into their lives bringing laughter, music and chaos. He quickly finds work, falls in love and ignites a passion for music in Kobna. He may frustrate Agnes and test Walter's patience but Kobna adores his "funcle" Valentine and after all, he is family.

In The Long Run. Image shows from L to R: Kobna (Sammy Kamara), Dean (Mattie Boys). Copyright: Sky.

Kobna is on the decks alongside best friend Dean (Mattie Boys).

Published: Monday 26th February 2018

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