In The Long Run Series 2 confirmed

Monday 24th September 2018, 1:56pm

In The Long Run. Image shows from L to R: Kobna (Sammy Kamara), Agnes (Madeline Appiah), Walter (Idris Elba), Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola). Copyright: Sky.

Sky has ordered a second series of In The Long Run, the sitcom created by Idris Elba.

The-semi autobiographical comedy is loosely based on Elba's own childhood.

Set in 1985, the first series focused on the Easmon family, who arrived in London from Sierra Leone 13 years previously. Walter (played by Elba) works hard alongside his mate and neighbour Bagpipes (Bill Bailey) at the local factory while his wife Evelyn patrols the estate selling make-up door-to-door. Their British born son Kobna and his best mate Scott hang out on the estate playing football and doing their best to dodge the local thugs.

Filming for the second series is scheduled for 2019, and will continue to follow the adventures of Walter, Agnes, Valentine, Bagpipes and Kirsty.

Sky says: "With a warm roster of returning actors on hand including Madeline Appiah, Jimmy Akingbola and Kellie Shirley, the second series promises to inject a dose of 80s nostalgia as audiences settle in for next year's autumn line-up."

In the meantime, Elba is working on another semi-autobiographical sitcom, based on his second-career as a top-name DJ. Turn Up Charlie, currently filming for Netflix, will see the actor star as Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who's given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes male nanny to his famous best friend's problem-child daughter.

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