A return to 1985 is in store as we throwback to the decade of shell suits and turtlenecks in brand new Sky Original Production In the Long Run, which starts Thursday 29th March at 10pm on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV.

Created by and featuring Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba with an ensemble cast including comedy favourite Bill Bailey, a 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).

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

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

Executive Producer(s): Idris Elba | Gina Carter

Producer: Charlie Hanson (Extras)

Director(s): Declan Lowney | Cecile Emeke

Writer(s): Claire Downes | Ian Jarvis | Stuart Lane | Grace Ofori-Attah

Air date: Thursday 29th March 10pm on Sky One and NOW TV.