Idris Elba's In The Long Run gets a second series | Sky recommissions 1980s-set comedy

Idris Elba's In The Long Run gets a second series

Sky recommissions 1980s-set comedy

Idris Elba’s 1980s-set comedy series In The Long Run is to get a second series.

The Luther star both created the show and stars in it as  Walter Easmon, a character based on his own father, bringing up a young son in South London.

The series also stars Bill Bailey as Walter’s best mate Bagpipes,  and Kellie Shirley as his partner Kirsty.

Although it split critics, it was named best comedy at the Broadcast digital awards this summer.

The first two episodes attracted audiences of 994,000 and 810,000 – up 32 per cent on the slot average for Sky One.

The broadcaster confirmed the recommission tonight amid a flurry of comedy news, including Mel & Sue’s first sitcom and a new batch of comedy shorts.

Elba is also due to star in a modern telling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Netflix soon.

Published: 24 Sep 2018

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