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.
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).
images also released feature Bill Bailey as hapless neighbour Bagpipes with
wife Kirsty (Kellie Shirley) and Kobna on the decks alongside best friend Dean
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.
Executive Producers Idris Elba and Gina Carter (
Moone Boy), Producer Charlie
Hanson (Extras), Directors Declan Lowney (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa) and
Cecile Emeke and Writers Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis, Stuart Lane and Grace
Ofori-Attah, In the Long Run forms part of Sky’s new line-up of original
British comedy and will air Thursday 29th March at 10pm on Sky One
and NOW TV.
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In the Long Run
is a co-production between Green Door and Sprout Pictures and was commissioned
by Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky One, and Jon Mountague, Head of Comedy at
Distribution for the series will be handled by Sky Vision- the international
production and distribution arm of Sky.
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Green Door Pictures
Pictures works with up-and-coming as well as established talent to
champion inclusion as well as
diversity of thought and ideas. The slate crosses Scripted and
Non-Scripted as well as Television and Film.
credits include short-form drama series 5x5 in collaboration with BBC Studios
for BBC3, which was designed to give new writing, directing and acting talent
the opportunity to get their work on screen. This formed part of The Idris
Takeover on BBC3 which was a week-long takeover of the online channel with
content created by new and emerging filmmakers. Green Door also executive
produced Guerrilla written by John Ridley in collaboration with Fifty
Fathoms Productions, ABC Signature, Sky and Showtime.
and Stephen Fry own Sprout Pictures, and have co-produced on both drama series,
award-winning documentaries and web-series of UK and international success,
including; three series of Kingdom, single film Doors Open, series Stephen Fry:
Out There, Perspectives Hugh Laurie: Down by the River, single doc Oil Spill,
series Gadget Man, series Stephen Fry in America, series Stephen Fry in Central
America, series Life of a Manic Depressive, four seasons of Playhouse Presents
for Sky Arts, and three series of Chris O’Dowd’s comedy Moone Boy for Sky One.