‘In the Long Run’, the British sitcom, is a heartfelt comedy, inspired by Idris Elba‘s own childhood. Yes, you heard that right. The ‘Luther‘ and ‘The Wire’ star lets us have a taste of his growing-up years in London. Set in England during the 1980s, this series revolves around the immigrant Easmon family, who arrives from Sierra Leone to London in 1985. The story is centered around the family patriarch, Walter, who works with his neighbor Bagpipes at a nearby factory and the matriarch, Agnes, who sells make-up from door to door to make a living. Kobna, the couple’s son, and his buddy spend their time at school and leisure hours, playing football. However, the quiet, regular life of the trio undergoes a transformation when Walter’s brother, Valentine, arrives at their door.
Produced by Green Door and directed by Declan Lowney, ‘In the Long Run’ first premiered on Sky One on March 29, 2018.
In the Long Run Cast: Who is in it?’
Idris Elba plays the role of Walter Easmon. The multiple-award-winning actor, producer, director, musician, DJ, and rapper is best known for his roles in the ‘The Wire’, ‘Luther’, and ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’. Bill Bailey enacts the character of Bagpipes. Sammy Kamara features as Kobna, and Mattie Boys as Dean. Jimmy Akingbola appears as Valentine, whereas Madeline Appiah plays the role of Agnes.
In the Long Run Plot: What is it about?
‘In the Long Run’ is a heartwarming semi-autobiography, inspired by Elba’s childhood. Set in the inner streets of London during the mid-80s, this family drama cum comedy entwines the formative experiences in the earlier years of Elba and uses the incidents as a backdrop for the story. The genesis of this idea took place when ‘King for a Term’, premiered in 2015. This comedy-drama focuses on his school days in Hackney and narrates the tale of a young, nervous boy’s first steps into a new school. However, much material was still left to be explored in the story. Therefore, Elba decided to use his complete experiences and develop it into a full-fledged series. As writers also started to pour in their memories from the 80s, the complete plot-line for ‘In the Long Run’ was seamlessly composed.
Season 1 of ‘In the Long Run’ introduces us to Walter, a character based on Elba’s father. Walter, his wife Agnes, and their son Kobna lead their regular lives in London. However, their uneventful lives are disrupted with the arrival of Uncle Valentine, a boisterous DJ and a flamboyant ladies man, who doesn’t understand the intricacies of the ‘nice’, socially acceptable English lifestyle. He is full of life, wants to explore music, and quickly lands a job. Although Walter and Agnes cannot hide their exasperation, young Kobna is immediately fascinated with his uncle, who is full of laughs, excitement, chaos, and exuberance. In this newly introduced messy environment, Kobna discovers his innate passion for music.
In a nutshell, ‘In the Long Run’ is a show about family bonds, community, and life. In fact, even the character of Valentine is inspired by Elba’s uncle, who was actually a DJ and had played a monumental role in his career as a DJ. Additionally, Bagpipes and his working-class English family is based on Elba’s best friend at that time. The series also subtly hints at the racial discrimination that was quite apparent during 80s England. However, these matters are addressed here on a more down-key note.
While we wait for the release date of ‘In the Long Run’ season 2, check out the season 1 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet, head over to Sky to catch all the six episodes of the previous season.
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