Run (TV series)

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Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes4
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)London
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Acme Films
DistributorChannel 4 Television Corporation
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release15 July (2013-07-15) –
18 July 2013 (2013-07-18)
External links

Run is a British miniseries created by Jonathan Pearson, Marlon Smith, and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan, and written by Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan for Channel 4.[1][2] The series premiered on 15 July 2013 and ended on 18 July 2013, and was broadcast on Hulu on 20 August 2013.[3] The series comprises four episodes, each focused on one character among the four leads - Carol (Olivia Colman), Ying (Katie Leung), Richard (Lennie James), and Tara (Jaime Winstone) - and shows how each character's decisions affect that character and the others.[4][5]


The series reveals the interconnectedness of apparently separate lives, through the stories of four people faced with choices in a world where survival is never a given.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK Viewers (in millions)
final ratings are sourced from BARB[6]
1"Carol"Charles MartinDaniel Fajemisin-Duncan, Marlon Smith15 July 2013 (2013-07-15)1.99
Carol is a tough single mother striving to keep her family together. When her teenage sons commit an act of random violence that ends in a stranger's death, Carol faces the impossible choice of protecting her children or doing the right thing.[7]
2"Ying"Charles MartinDaniel Fajemisin-Duncan, Marlon Smith16 July 2013 (2013-07-16)1.71
Ying is an illegal immigrant from the Fujian province of China, who sells unlicensed DVDs and stolen mobile phones at barbershops, cafés, and pubs around Brixton.[7]
3"Richard"Jonathan PearsonDaniel Fajemisin-Duncan, Marlon Smith17 July 2013 (2013-07-17)1.39
Richard is a recovering heroin addict who spends every day struggling to stay clean. Only one thing spurs him on: the possibility of re-establishing contact with his teenage daughter.[7]
4"Katrina"Jonathan PearsonDaniel Fajemisin-Duncan, Marlon Smith18 July 2013 (2013-07-18)1.11
Kasia is a young Polish woman who originally came to London filled with hope. Years later, she is still working as a cleaner, struggling to make ends meet, and contending with a gambling-addicted boyfriend.[7]

DVD releases[edit]

Name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Discs
Series One N/A 22 July 2013 N/A 2


The Express has praised Run, calling it "inventive" and citing Jaime Winstone as a highlight.[8] The Scotsman was slightly more mixed in their review, commenting that: "This gritty, grim drama will win awards but, perhaps, be too hard-going for many."[9]


  1. ^ Eames, Tom. "Jaime Winstone, Lennie James join Channel 4 drama 'Run'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  2. ^ Bolger, Keeley. "Olivia Colman and Jaime Winstone talk Run". Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  3. ^ Surette, Tim. "Hulu Announces Three New Original Series, Including an Animated Witness Protection Sitcom, and Puts Dates on Several More". Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  4. ^ Leppard, Brett. "TV Pick: Run". GQ. Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  5. ^ Tate, Gabriel. "From market to mural: touring Brixton with the creators of 'Run'". Time Out. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  6. ^ "BARB Top 30s". Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d "Run – Episode guide". Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  8. ^ Nutkins, Kirstie. "See Jaime Run". Express. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  9. ^ Mullaney, Andrea (13 July 2013). "The Week's TV : Law Unto Herself". The Scotsman (subscription required). Archived from the original on 29 February 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2014.

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