Having starred in film and television projects as diverse as Luther, Pacific Rim, and The Dark Tower, award-winning actor Idris Elba is tackling the most important story of his career: his own. Sky 1 has lined up In The Long Run, a new original comedy series based loosely on the actor’s own childhood.
Created by and starring Elba, the series also stars Bill Bailey (Hot Fuzz); and is scripted by Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis, Stuart Lane and Grace Ofori-Attahand. Set to air on Sky 1 and streaming service NOW TV, In The Long Run is a co-production between Elba’s Green Door and Sprout Pictures.
Here’s an overview of the upcoming series In The Long Run:
“A comedy about family and community, In The Long Run is set in 1985 London where the Easmons live amid the tower blocks. 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 (Bailey) at the local factory while Evelyn patrols the estate selling make-up door-to-door. Their British born son Akuna and his best friend 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.”
Elba and Gina Carter (Moone Boy) will executive produce; with Charlie Hanson (Extras) producing and Declan Lowney (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa) serving as series director. Besides In The Long Run, Sky’s upcoming comedy slate also includes Jack Whitehall and Rosie Perez in Bounty Hunter, and Nick Frost and Rupert Grint in Sick Note.
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