The Runaway (2010– )

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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 ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Danny Dixon / ... (6 episodes, 2011)
 Richard Gates (6 episodes, 2011)
 Eamonn Docherty (6 episodes, 2011)
 Eamonn (6 episodes, 2011)
 Cathy (6 episodes, 2011)
 Madge (6 episodes, 2011)
 Desrae (5 episodes, 2011)
 Jim Harvey / ... (5 episodes, 2011)
 Joey (5 episodes, 2011)
 Eamonn Doherty / ... (5 episodes, 2011)
 Caitlin (4 episodes, 2011)
 Tommy (3 episodes, 2011)
 Caroline / ... (2 episodes, 2011)
Dominika Jablonska ...
 Maureen (2 episodes, 2011)
 Sean Carty (2 episodes, 2011)
 Ron / ... (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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Ambitious, driven adaptation of a book I never read
26 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Opening in 1960s London, this six part tale tells the story of Eamonn (Jack O' Connoll) and Cathy (Joanna Vanderham), whose parents, a drunk and a prostitute, were lovers when they were children, and this forged a friendship between them, until circumstances drove them apart, and Eamonn ended up killing a rival boy in a gang fight and Cathy was spared prison by a corrupt detective (Burn Gorman) after killing an abusive client of her mother's. She ends up escaping from a tough girl's institute and ends up back in London, in Soho where she's taken under by kindly cross dresser Desrae (Alan Cumming) while Eamonn starts working for, and then has to flee from, local villain Danny Dixon (Keith Allen.) When he falls in with the IRA, it sets the two on a deadly reunion that ends up having explosive consequences.

Raw and unflinching drama seems to be the order of the day at the moment with British drama, especially so with television drama, which also refuses to let go of what was always it's stranglehold trademark of being as bleak and depressing as possible. Moving about with camcorder fluidity from the darkest corners of society to the seedy out in the open stuff on the surface, The Runaway tells a dark and harsh tale that occasionally saves it's soul with flashes of the tender love story at it's heart, that is essentially the driving force behind it all. It would never have worked as a feature film, far too long and sprawling, and so it receives the appropriate format in this six part adaptation that manages to keep the drama, for the most part, on an even keel. Inevitably, though, with such long source material, if you don't manage to stay disciplined with repeated viewings, sometimes it's hard to keep track of it all, with so much happening so quickly. A shame, since it's all so driven and slick, style and flair being the order of the day.

Performances wise, rising star O'Connoll in the lead role shows a further depth and range, but trying to apply a cockney twang to his northern dialect does make him sound strange. The likes of Allen and Cumming are well cast in their respective roles, while less heard ofs like Vanderham and Gorman also manage to be part of the driving force. It's a brutal, hard hitting piece but it's length and scope inevitably drag it out and sometimes makes it lose it's narrative flow. ***

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