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Idris Elba Will Create and Star In an Upcoming Comedy Series Based On His Childhood

Idris Elba is the show runner of a new comedy loosely based on his childhood.

From his early days as Stringer Bell on The Wire, to more recent roles in Luther and Beast of No Nation, Idris Elba has given us many memorable gritty performances. Now, the celebrated star is trying something completely new, and we're pretty much already sold on it.


Elba will create and star in an upcoming show called In the Long Run, an upcoming comedy series loosely based on his childhood. Set in 1980s London, it tells the story of the comfortable, working class Easman family, reports Shadow and ActShadow and Act.

Idris will play Walter, a factory worker who migrated to London with his wife, Evelyn—a door-to-door makeup seller—from Sierra Leone 13 years ago. It will also follow the adventures of their British-born son, Akuna.

The family lives a mostly quiet life until Walter's brother Valentine moves in and turns things upside down—but sort of in a good way—his presence helps fuel Akuna's passion for music, and brings energy and laughter to the Easman household.

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

We look forward to it as well!

The show will air on the UK's Sky TV, during their 10 PM slot. Stay tuned for an official premiere date!

Photo by Nii Kotei Nikoi.

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Dr. Sionne Rameah Neely and Josephine Ngminvielu Kuuire, who are artists and survivors of sexual violence, decided to draw out these demons and shadows by leaving notes for them through art. Mixtape Notes To The Shadows, their collaborative mixed media exhibition and performance, was an open surgery on sexual trauma inviting witnesses as they chart their respective journeys to healing.

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