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In the Long Run 

The Easmon family living in London in 1985 sees their quiet life disrupted when their relative from Sierra Leone moves in.


Idris Elba
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Series cast summary:
Jimmy Akingbola ...  Valentine 6 episodes, 2018
Madeline Appiah ...  Agnes 6 episodes, 2018
Bill Bailey ...  Bagpipes 6 episodes, 2018
Idris Elba ...  Walter 6 episodes, 2018
Kellie Shirley ...  Kirsty 6 episodes, 2018
Deno Driz Deno Driz ...  Singing Boy 5 episodes, 2018
Ellen Thomas ...  Mama 5 episodes, 2018
Sammy Kamara Sammy Kamara ...  Kobna 5 episodes, 2018
Mattie Boys ...  Dean 4 episodes, 2018
Quincy Quincy ...  Frank 4 episodes, 2018
Bella Emberg ...  Sheila 3 episodes, 2018
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London, 1985. Amid the tower blocks and shell suits, life for Walter and Agnes 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 friend and neighbour "Bagpipes" at a nearby factory while Agnes patrols the estate selling make-up door to door. Their British born son Kobna and his best mate Dean hang out on the estate playing football and doing their best to dodge the local thugs. But then Walter's brother Valentine arrives and 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. Created by and featuring Idris Elba with an ensemble cast ...

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Some viewers believe that the character of Kobna may actually be a thinly disguised version of Idris Elba when he was a child. The most obvious character likeness to Idris Elba, is Kobna as a Music DJ, something which Idris Elba actually does in real-life in parallel to his acting career. See more »

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Wonderfully nostalgic
29 March 2018 | by lizzieprinceSee all my reviews

Loving this sitcom. I remember the 80s well and it's brilliant soundtrack takes me right back there. It's set in London in the early 80s with the riots, racism and difficult economic times as the backdrop. It's a funny, charming sitcom where you're rooting for the loveable characters. Idris Elba shows that he is a talented script writer as well as a good actor.

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