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Idris Elba in series 3 of In The Long Run

“It’s how London life really is”

“It’s how London life really is”


With Idris Elba’s award-winning comedy In The Long Run back for series 3 on Sky One, actress Kellie Shirley (aka Kirsty) answers our questions

By Virgin TV Edit

Ready to return to 1980s East London for more laughs, banging tunes and dodgy clobber? You should be, because hit comedy In The Long Run is all set for a new run.


The first episode premieres at 10pm on Sky One on Thursday 23 July, with all episodes available to watch in On Demand the same day. That’s what we call binge-tastic.

Loosely based on creator Idris Elba’s own childhood, this hilarious series about the Easmon family’s adjustment to British life after moving from Sierra Leone isn’t just packed with laughs. It’s also a smart study of community, race and politics during a decade of huge upheaval.


The new series looks set to be more eventful than ever, with Walter (Elba) trying to impress his mama following her arrival in the UK, Bagpipes (Bill Bailey) almost snuffing it and developers threatening the future of the Eastbridge Estate.


We recently caught up with actress Kellie Shirley, who plays Bagpipes’ wife Kirsty, to find out more about the show, her time as a member of the EastEnders cast, and what she’s been watching on the box during lockdown…



When is In The Long Run series 3 on TV?

The first episode airs at 10pm on Sky One/HD (CH 110/109) on Thursday 23 July. All episodes will also be available to watch on the same day in On Demand.

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