A return to 1985 is in store as Sky One throwbacks to the decade of shell suits and turtlenecks.

The Sky Original Production In the Long Run has been created by Idris Elba who also stars in the series alongside an ensemble cast including comedy favourite Bill Bailey.

In the Long Run is a nostalgic look back at life in 1980s East London with Elba at the helm as family man Walter Easmon, alongside wife Agnes played by Madeline Appiah, son Kobna portrayed by Sammy Kamara and younger brother Valentine played by Jimmy Akingbola.

Bill Bailey stars as hapless neighbour Bagpipes with wife Kirsty portrayed by Kellie Shirley and Kobna on the decks alongside best friend Dean played by 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 starts on Thursday 29th March at 10pm on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV.

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