It was great to catch an episode of ‘In The Long Run’, the brand new semi-biographical sitcom from Idris Elba based around his life with his family, who moved to the UK from Sierra Leone. Set in 80’s London, it co-stars comedian Bill Bailey as his neighbour Bagpipes, and Ghanaian actress Madeline Appiah as his wife Agnes. Jimmy Akingbola plays his mischievous younger brother Walter who comes to live with the family.
Agnes has a sharp word or two in our Ghanaian language of Twi – for cheeky Walter following some of his shenanigans, and when she exclaims following the neighbours’ dubious attitude towards her as a black person. The episode I saw had a pretty cool soundtrack, featuring all genres of music from the era, including Ghanaian highlife, and music from Camerounian legend Manu Dibango. All in all it’s really worth checking out – I’m looking forward to catching up on a few more episodes soon. You can see the trailer at the link here. All episodes are available to watch from March 29th on Sky. Thanks to the Metro and Independent for the pictures. Let me know what you think if you see it!
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