In the Long Run

Loosely based on Elba’s childhood, it’s set amid the tower blocks (and shell-suits) of 1980s London. There, life is going well for Walter (Elba), his wife Agnes (Madeline Appiah) and their 13-year-old British-born son Kobna (Sammy Kamara). Well, apart from the fact their upstairs neighbour Bagpipes’s (Bill Bailey) bathroom is leaking into their flat, that is. Agnes sells make-up door to door, Kobna and his best mate Dean are just about managing to dodge the local thugs and Walter’s making enough money at the factory to get by, and send a little back to Sierra Leone.

Their life is all about routine but everything is about to change when Walter’s charismatic, freewheeling brother (Jimmy Akingbola) crashes into their quiet lives. Sent over by his and Walter’s mum (because she’s worried he’s gone wayward), Valentine brings both laughter and chaos. His lust for life turns Walter and his family’s lives upside down as he quickly ignites a passion for music in Kobna, finds work and falls in love – all while seriously testing Walter and Agnes’s patience.

UK TV Premiere Date

Latest/Next UK Season: 3

Latest/Next UK TV Air Date: 23 July 2020 at 10:00 pm

UK Channel: Sky One

Previous UK Premiere Dates

Season 1 – Sky One – 29 March 2018 at 10:00 pm
Season 2 – Sky One – 16 October 2019 at 10:00 pm

US TV Premiere Date

Latest/Next US Season: 1

Latest/Next US TV Air Date: Unknown

US Channel: No US Broadcaster

Previous US Premiere Dates


Next Season If Renewed: 4


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Country of Origin: UK

Additional Airing Notes:

Comedy created by and featuring Idris Elba, loosely based on his childhood.