Idris Elba’s ’80s-set comedy ‘In the Long Run’ returning for Season 2 AND Season 3

In the Long Run has been renewed for another two seasons.

Created by and starring Idris Elba, the Luther actor’s semi-autobiographical comedy series is based on his childhood in 1980s London.

In the Long Run debuted in the UK in March 2018 on Sky1 and NOW TV.

The sitcom was described as “a warm-hearted, period drama based on true, ordinary yet extraordinary lives.”

Watch the trailer for Season 1:

New episodes have already begun filming, The Knowledge reports, with the show’s second and third seasons shooting back-to-back.

Idris Elba previously commented: “I’m really happy to be in comedy, bringing some joy into a world that needs some laughs.”

All the main cast, including comedian Bill Bailey, are expected to return.

The official synopsis reads: “Set in London 1985, In the Long Run is about the Easmon family. Amid the tower blocks and shell suits, life for Walter and Agnes 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 neighbour Bagpipes at the local factory while Agnes patrols the estate selling make-up door-to-door. Their British born son Kobna and his best mate Dean hang out on the estate playing football and doing their best to dodge the local thugs.

“But 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 and igniting a passion for music in Kobna. And though he frustrates Agnes and tests Walter’s patience, Kobna adores his ‘funcle’ Valentine because after all, he’s family.”

Season 2 will premiere in the UK on Sky1 and NOW TV later this year, with Season 3 likely to follow in 2020.