Sky confirms In The Long Run Series 3

Thursday 21st May 2020, 12:40pm

  • A third series of In The Long Run will be broadcast and available on demand from 22nd July 2020
  • The six-part series will see the arrival of Walter's mum from Sierra Leone, and he's desperate to impress
  • Creator Idris Elba says: "I can't wait for viewers to see Series 3"
In The Long Run. Image shows from L to R: Kobna (Sammy Kamara), Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola), Mama (Ellen Thomas), Agnes (Madeline Appiah), Walter (Idris Elba)

Sky has revealed a third series of In The Long Run, the sitcom created by Idris Elba, has been filmed.

The new series will begin airing on Sky One on Wednesdays from the 22nd July, with all episodes available on demand from that date.

The broadcaster says: "Creator and executive producer Idris Elba is back on our screens as Walter Easmon, alongside wife Agnes (Madeline Appiah), younger brother Valentine (Jimmy Akingbola).

"Bill Bailey returns as Bagpipes with wife Kirsty (Kellie Shirley), work colleague Rajesh (Neil D'Souza) and Kobna (Sammy Kamara) back on the decks."

The new series will also see Walter's mum appear for the first time. Played by Ellen Thomas, the character has to date only been heard on the telephone.

Producers explain: "The third series of this semi-autobiographical Sky One comedy, loosely based on Idris's own childhood, sees the welcome arrival of Walter's mum from Sierra Leone with Walter desperate to impress.

"Bagpipes has a near death experience that makes him question the meaning of life. Valentine finally finds love and Kirsty sets up her own catering business all while Agnes gets suspicious as some developers start taking an interest in the Eastbridge Estate, threatening the very existence of the community."

Idris Elba says: "Nothing beats a funny story from someone who was there! I can't wait for viewers to see Series 3."

Sky's Jon Mountague comments: "Our chests are puffed out with pride for the return of Idris Elba's award-winning In The Long Run. Chapter 3 has more LOLs than ever and as we've come to expect, is shot through with family, community and togetherness."

The six-part series is directed by Sandy Johnson and Ian Aryeh, and written by Grace Ofori-Attah, Fraser Ayres, Shivani Vijayapalan and Jon Macqueen.

Series 1, 2 and the Christmas Special of In The Long Run are all available to watch on Sky and NOW TV. Series 3 will join the platforms on Wednesday 22nd July.

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