Idris Elba Teams Up With Bill Bailey For New Sitcom

"I'm really happy to be in comedy, bringing some joy into a world that needs some laughs"

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Idris Elba and Bill Bailey are teaming up for In the Long Run, a new Sky 1 show based loosely on Idris' childhood.

Created by the Luther star, In the Long Run is set in London in 1985 and follows the Easmon family, specifically Walter Easmon (Idris Elba), his wife Evelyn Easmon, his friend and neighbour Bagpipes (Bill Bailey), and the couple's son Akuna – whose passion for music comes from his uncle Valentine.

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Exec producing In the Long Run alongside Idris is Gina Carter (Moone Boy), producing is Charlie Hanson (Extras), and directing is Declan Lowney (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa).

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The new sitcom's writers are Claire Downes, Ian Jarvis & Stuart Lane (The Job Lot) and Grace Ofori-Attah.

"I'm really happy to be in comedy, bringing some joy into a world that needs some laughs," Idris said of the new show. "With a great team behind it I look forward to people seeing it.

Jon Mountague, head of comedy at Sky, added: "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."

As well as Idris' new sitcom, Sky 1 has also announced sitcoms The Reluctant Landlord starring Romesh Ranganathan, and Sick of It starring Karl Pilkington.

Talking about the new shows, Sky said: "As well as starring, Karl and Romesh will each write these often personal (but always funny) stories that will sit in a new 10pm half-hour slot that's dedicated to edgier and more mischievous comedies.

"These new British comedies are joining a line-up of shows on Sky 1 from some of the biggest names, including comedy thriller Bounty Hunters starring Jack Whitehall and Oscar nominee Rosie Perez, and Sick Note – Rupert Grint and Nick Frost's tale of a terrible lie that spirals out of control – both of which have already been slated for the 10pm comedy spot later this year."

From: Digital Spy