Cecilia WilsonComment

Idris Elba's 1980s Comedy Series "In the Long Run"

Cecilia WilsonComment
Idris Elba's 1980s Comedy Series "In the Long Run"

Hello everyone, 

I know that I should have posted my article on the African Union but as I am also preparing a video, it is taking me time and I want things to be well done. By the way, I just published my last book in French on Chinafrica and the issues bilateral relations between the African Union and the Republic of China imply. 

But first, let me just talk about Idris Elba and his series "In the Long Run". 

A comedy about family and community, In The Long Run is set in 1985 London where the Easmons live amid the tower blocks. Life for Walter (Idris Elba) 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 neighbor Bagpipes (Bailey) at the local factory while Evelyn patrols the estate selling make-up door-to-door. Their British born son Akuna and his best friend Scott hang out on the estate playing football and doing their best to dodge the local thugs.

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.

This series is certainly one of the rare series dealing with the social aspects of the first and second generation of African immigrants.