Walter (played by Elba), his wife Evelyn, and their teen son Akuna, have been living happily in a rather grubby estate since their arrival from Sierra Leone 13 years ago. Unfortunately, a letter arrives from Walter's mother informing him that his wayward brother, Valentine, is on his way and will need picking up from the frosty London airport wearing only a t-shirt.
TV is overflowing with fluffy period comedies this March – from Call the Midwife to The Durrells – and although In the Long Run's humour is less ferociously funny and more gentle, lilting and charming, it offers a rare and fresh perspective on London life and Black-British culture with warmth and good humour.
The close quarters of tower-block life give us meaningful family drama that encompasses growing-up in the 80s with good humour and a view of Black-British culture divorced of bleakness – plus it stars the pop-eyed, disheveled and downtrodden Bill Bailey (always a winner),
Soft, gentle and timelessly enduring: this is the sweet and gentle comedy to pass the miserable spring days with. Just don't expect any belly laughs.
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29 Mar 18 – 30 Jun 18, In the Long Run airs 10pm Thursday 29th March Sky1