‘I’ve seen how uprisings have come from pain’: Idris Elba on Black Lives Matter

‘I’ve seen how uprisings have come from pain’: Idris Elba on Black Lives Matter

July 16, 2020

Elba and Bill Bailey reflect on the lessons we can learn from the past as their 80s-set sitcom, In the Long Run, returns to Sky

“History maketh the man,” says Idris Elba. The actor is quoting his late father, a man who he has spent the past two years playing a version of in his 1980s-set Sky sitcom, In the Long Run.

“The 80s saw massive explosions in politics and culture – from Mandela and apartheid to Thatcher – and it was also when I grew into a teenager and experienced the beginnings of independence,” he says. “It was a sad and revolutionary time, and it felt important to show the younger generations especially where we came from so they can understand what has led to their realities today.”

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