Elba re­lives his past


Idris Elba (Luther) steps back in time for In The Long Run, an 80s-themed sit­com in­spired by his child­hood. Set in Lon­don, the sto­ry­line re­volves around work­ing-class im­mi­grant cou­ple Wal­ter (Elba) and Agnes (Made­line Ap­piah), their asth­matic son Kobna (Sammy Ka­mara) and Wal­ter’s charming but im­ma­ture brother Valen­tine (Jimmy Ak­ing­bola). Co­me­dian Bill Bai­ley (Black Books) ap­pears as Wal­ter’s up­stairs neigh­bour and fac­tory worker col­league, Bag­pipes. The show was cre­ated by Elba and the char­ac­ter of Wal­ter is based on his fa­ther. Fans of 80s pop mu­sic will no doubt en­joy the sound­track and it’s won­der­ful to see Elba, who usu­ally takes on more se­ri­ous roles, in a com­edy. Streams on TVNZ On­De­mand.

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