STAR­RING: Idris Elba, Bill Bai­ley

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In a change of pace for star and cre­ator Elba, this 1985set se­ries, which feels very much like a prod­uct of the era it de­picts, is a fam­ily com­edy in­spired by the ac­tor’s ex­pe­ri­ence grow­ing up in north-east Lon­don. Elba plays Wal­ter Eas­mon, a char­ac­ter with el­e­ments of his own fa­ther, whose happy life with his wife and son (based on Elba him­self) is turned up­side down when Wal­ter’s DJ brother ar­rives from Sierra Leone. Fea­tur­ing easy laughs and a killer 1980s sound­track, In the Long Run makes for com­fort­able view­ing. (Starts Tues., Jan. 15 at 9.40pm; ABC Com­edy)

“It’s go­ing to ap­peal to peo­ple who want to step out­side of dreary 2018,” Elba told Ra­dio Times.

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