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Idris Elba to Create, Star in 1980s-Set Comedy Series for Sky

Star created the series, which is based on his own childhood in London

Idris Elba will star in “In the Long Run,” a comedy series for Sky that “The Dark Tower” star created and that is loosely based on his own childhood.

Set in 1980s London, the series will follow the Easmon family, which has settled in England after having arrived from Sierra Leone a decade earlier. Elba will play Walter, the father, who works in the local factory alongside friend and neighbor Bagpipes, played by Bill Bailey.

The Easmons’ son, Akuna, hangs out in the housing project where the family lives, playing soccer and dodging the local thugs. The family’s life is turned upside down when Walter’s brother Valentine arrives in the U.K., bringing chaos in his wake and igniting a passion for music in Akuna.

“I’m really happy to be in comedy, bringing some joy into a world that needs some laughs,” Elba said. “With a great team behind it I look forward to people seeing it. “

Elba’s Green Door Pictures will make the series with Sprout Pictures, the production company of British actor Stephen Fry and producer Gina Carter. It will go out on the Sky 1 channel in a 10 p.m. slot.

Jon Mountague, head of comedy at Sky, said: “We’re honored to be working with Idris in what is an authentic, perceptive and deeply funny show. ‘In the Long Run’ will surprise and delight viewers.”

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