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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 ...  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 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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Much better than I expected
17 April 2011 | by AVickersSee all my reviews

Sky TV isn't exactly the first name that springs to mind when you think of quality British period dramas. In fact, if you answered anything other than "The BBC" then you'd be considered mad. And yet, even as Aunty's star seems to be waning, so Sky is stepping up its game - and productions like this can only do it the power of good.

As I write this, the third episode of this 5-parter has just aired, and it just keeps on getting better. Despite the emphasis on the gangs/underworld in the plot synopsis, so far we've primarily followed Cathy's life (she, after all, being the title part). And, what a roller-coaster her life is... Sadly, the abuse she is subject to is entirely believable for that era - it probably still goes on to this day - goodness knows how many Cathys there are out there who never had the chance to run away.

If I were to level any criticisms at the programme, they would be these:

  • Keith Allen is not 100% convincing as a ruthless underworld gangster. He looked daft with the syrup (wig), and after loosing that he looks more like a kindly uncle than a ruthless villain. - Joanna Vanderham - who looks absolutely stunning throughout, and what a find! She's got a long and brilliant career ahead of her - looks significantly older than the 14 she's supposed to be at the start of the series. In fact, none of the characters appear to have appreciably aged, despite the apparent passage of time.

And, that's about it really, for the complaints. There is some violence, but only enough to tell the story; and it's cracking along at a fair old pace.

If you enjoy good drama, in the style that the BBC used to do so well, then The Runaway will appeal to you. I think it's an excellent miniseries, and I hope it can find a larger audience than just Sky 1 viewers.

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