The acclaimed actor has created and will star in In The Long Run, a semi-autobiographical comedy set in Hackney, north London, in 1985.
Written by Grace Ofori-Attah and The Job Lot creator-writers Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis and Stuart Lane, the series will co-star Bill Bailey as Bagpipes, the best friend and neighbour of Elba’s character, Walter.
Sky say: “Amid the tower blocks and shell suits, life for Walter and Evelyn 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 mate and neighbour Bagpipes at the local factory while Evelyn patrols the estate selling make-up door-to-door. Their British born son Akuna and his best mate Scott hang out on the estate playing football and doing their best to dodge the local thugs.
“But when Walter’s brother Valentine arrives to the UK, his energy and lust for life changes everything. He crashes into their lives bringing laughter and chaos and igniting a passion for music in Akuna. And though he frustrates Evelyn and tests Walter’s patience, Akuna adores his ‘funcle’ Valentine because after all, he’s family.”
Idris Elba says: “I’m really happy to be in comedy, bringing some joy into a world that needs some laughs. With a great team behind it I look forward to people seeing it. “
Jon Mountague, Head of Comedy at Sky, says: “We’re honoured to be working with Idris in what is an authentic, perceptive and deeply funny show. In The Long Run will surprise and delight viewers. Idris completes a fantasy line up on Sky 1 that has made all my comedy dreams come true.”
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