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Series cast summary:
Joanna Vanderham ...  Cathy 6 episodes, 2011
Jack O'Connell ...  Eamonn 6 episodes, 2011
Keith Allen ...  Danny Dixon 6 episodes, 2011
Burn Gorman ...  Richard Gates 6 episodes, 2011
Kierston Wareing ...  Madge 6 episodes, 2011
Alan Cumming ...  Desrae 5 episodes, 2011
Sam Spruell ...  Jim Harvey 5 episodes, 2011
Mark Womack ...  Eamonn Docherty 5 episodes, 2011
Ken Stott ...  Joey Pasqualino 5 episodes, 2011
Nora-Jane Noone ...  Caitlin 4 episodes, 2011
Nicholas Dallas Nicholas Dallas ...  Driscoll 4 episodes, 2011
Emily Beecham ...  Caroline Dixon 3 episodes, 2011
Jeffrey Harmer Jeffrey Harmer ...  Inspector Bannister 3 episodes, 2011
Max Irons ...  Tommy Pasqualino 3 episodes, 2011
Scott Sparrow Scott Sparrow ...  Fuller 3 episodes, 2011
Patrick Lyster ...  Jan De Bootman 3 episodes, 2011
Hannah Lurie Hannah Lurie ...  Kitty 2 episodes, 2011
Anthony Oseyemi Anthony Oseyemi ...  Alfie 2 episodes, 2011
Dorothy Ann Gould Dorothy Ann Gould ...  Mary Barton 2 episodes, 2011
Grant Swanby ...  Sean Carty 2 episodes, 2011
Jamie Belman Jamie Belman ...  DC Chambers 2 episodes, 2011
Ben Caplan ...  DC Hargreaves 2 episodes, 2011
David Butler David Butler ...  Father Jensen 2 episodes, 2011
Andre Weideman Andre Weideman ...  Peter Mahoney / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Dominika Jablonska ...  Maureen 2 episodes, 2011
Leon Ockenden ...  Bruce 2 episodes, 2011
David Westhead ...  Ron Carver 2 episodes, 2011
Dylan Skews Dylan Skews ...  Stoned Man 2 episodes, 2011


Cathy Connor and Eamonn Docherty are brought up together in the East End. As the daughter of a prostitute, Madge, Cathy's life is difficult, especially when everyone assumes that she will be following in her mother's footsteps. But when Cathy is forced to protect Madge from a violent attack by a punter it changes her life forever. Cathy is taken into care but she suffers institutional abuse which leaves her with no choice but to run away. She ends up destitute, on the streets of Soho. Desrae, a transvestite, unexpectedly comes to her rescue. Meanwhile, Eamonn joins Dixon's firm and rises up the ranks of the East End criminal underworld. He gets involved with his boss's daughter but in a moment of violent rage, kills her. Eamonn flees to New York to escape retribution where he gains a reputation as a ruthless villain with a specialism for sourcing weaponry. Adapted from Martina Cole's best-selling novel this is an explosive action-packed thriller with two star crossed lovers at its ... Written by Anonymous

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Absorbing British drama at its best
1 November 2011 | by Hoods77See all my reviews

Although Martina Cole always spins a good tale, this series was somehow still a surprise package for me - so many things can and often do go wrong with an adaptation from a good novel, so I avoided watching The Runaway for some time.

After a fairly tentative start, it remains absorbing to the end. The characters are raw and flawed, in a violent and unforgiving environment, but most nevertheless manage to invoke a big measure of empathy and/or sympathy from the viewer. I was left wondering whether people like those in the story really did rule the London underworld in the 60s.

Outstanding acting from everyone in the cast - notably Jack O'Connell whose charm and menace are totally convincing in equal parts. Alan Cumming is brilliant as Desiree, while Joanna Vanderham moves through the age changes and develops beautifully as the series progresses.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys quality British drama.

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