'In The Long Run': Starz Picks Up Idris Elba's 1980s Comedy Series Inspired By His Childhood For US Run

October 4th 2019

Idris Elba's semi-autobiographical UK comedy series, In the Long Run, has been picked up for a run in the United States. Sky One aired the series in the United Kingdom and Ireland, where it premiered in March 2018.

Starz will air the show's first two seasons and a holiday special. Season 1 will debut November 1, Season 2 will debut on December 6 and a Christmas special will air on December 20. 

Elba stars in the series alongside Bill Bailey, Kellie Shirley, Jimmy Akingbola and Mattie Boys.

The description: Set in London in 1985, In the Long Run is about the Easmon family. Amid the tower blocks and shell suits, life for Walter (Elba) and Evelyn Easmon is all about quiet routine. They arrived from Sierra Leone 13 years ago and are happy earning enough to pay the bills with a bit left over to send back home. Walter works hard alongside his mate and neighbor Bagpipes (Bill Bailey) at the local factory while Evelyn patrols the estate selling make-up door-to-door. Their British born son Akuna and his best mate Scott hang out on the estate playing football and doing their best to dodge the local thugs. But when Walter’s brother Valentine arrives to the UK, his energy and lust for life changes everything. He crashes into their lives bringing laughter and chaos and igniting a passion for music in Akuna. And though he frustrates Evelyn and tests Walter’s patience, Akuna adores his ‘funcle’ Valentine because after all, he is family.

Executive producers are Idris Elba and Gina Carter, Charlie Hanson is producing, Declan Lowney and Cecile Emeke direct, and writers are Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis, Stuart Lane and Grace Ofori-Attah.

In the Long Run is a co-production between Green Door and Sprout Pictures.

Watch the trailer below:

 

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Photo: Sky One

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