THE Bank Holiday weekend brought us all a bit of closure.

Pat Phelan sort of got his comeuppance in Coronation Street after the longest, and quite frankly most tedious, storyline in its history and we found out what it is like when Dec presents a programme without Ant.

Neither were that satisfactory really - Pat might still be alive and Dec did a decent enough job and everyone was happy for him.

We all ate chocolate until we felt queasy and watched as the rain failed to stop at pretty much any point.

That probably would have been the end of the Easter Highlights for me had we not happened upon the new Idris Elba comedy, in the Long Run.

Based on his own childhood growing up in the '80s, it focuses on Walter and Aggie who have arrived in London from Sierra Leone looking for a better life for their son, Kobna.

Cue plenty of 80s references from the music to the clothes and plenty of warm-hearted humour.

Idris might be the main draw here but he graciously leaves the showier roles to others including that of his own character's flamboyant but good-hearted brother Valentine. Jimmy Akingbola, to others.

His arrival in London marks the central storyline of this six-parter which stemmed from the series of short stories Sky commissions from famous types.

Elba is one of those actors who can turn his hand to anything - he can be in a blockbuster romancing and rescuing Kate Winslet from treacherous mountains one minute and sporting dubious 80s knits in a gentle small screen comedy the next.

And doing it with plenty of style.

I read an article where he said he struggled a bit with comedy because he sometimes overplays it but this is almost like a gentle drama with a few laughs.

It doesn't try too hard but it has plenty to say.

I would rather watch a year of this than have to endure another second of the Phelan storyline on the cobbles.

Just when we all think it might be over - there is a suggestion he made it out of the water alive.

Would it really have taken this long, in a community as tightly-knit as that particular street, for someone to notice he was a wrong'un.

It's not like Anna Windass didn't run around screaming it at the top of her lungs from day one.

I just hope that poor woman gets the chance to tell everyone (sad deluded Eileen who married him despite repeated warnings) "I told you so" at some point.

She deserves to at least get that bit of joy.