The Runaway (TV series)

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The Runaway
Also known as 'Martina Cole's The Runaway'
Starring Jack O'Connell
Keith Allen
Alan Cumming
Joanna Vanderham
Ken Stott
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 6
Running time 60 minutes
Original network Sky1
Original release 31 March 2011 (2011-03-31)

The Runaway is a six episode British drama TV series on Sky1 and Sky1 HD based upon the 1997 Martina Cole novel of the same name. Shooting for the show took place in South Africa where the production team recreated London's Soho.[1]

The show premiered on Thursday 31 March 2011 and stars Alan Cumming, Jack O'Connell, Keith Allen, Joanna Vanderham, and Ken Stott.[2]


Set in the sleazy, gritty world of 60s and 70s London, The Runaway focuses on the doomed romance of East London kids Cathy Connor (Joanna Vanderham) and Eamonn Docherty (Jack O'Connell). While unrelated by blood, they live as brother and sister growing up and embark on a secret relationship. The couple is torn apart when Cathy is sent into care, but she manages to escape and finds her way onto the streets of Soho. Befriended by colourful transvestite Desrae (Cumming), Cathy grows up in the heart of London's underworld, while Eamonn is drawn into a life of crime and ultimately flees to New York. The pair is finally drawn back together in the midst of the nation's impending future, but their future is far from safe.


The orchestral score for the six parts were produced by Chris Letcher.


Episode 1: Cathy Connor and Eamonn Docherty are childhood sweethearts who are desperate to escape their East End roots. When Cathy murders her Mum's pimp in self-defense it changes their lives forever.

Episode 2: Cathy and Eamonn struggle with their enforced separation. Whilst Eamonn plays a dangerous game by undermining his boss, Cathy finds herself in an oppressive reform school. When Cathy is abused, she runs away and ends up in Soho.

Episode 3: With Desrae's help, Cathy reinvents herself in Soho. Cathy and Eamonn are reunited but it ends in disaster and Eamonn is forced to flee the country.

Episode 4: Eamonn and Cathy rekindle their romance but when Eamonn is forced to return to America, a pregnant Cathy seduces Tommy and they get married.

Episode 5: Cathy and Tommy's marriage is on the rocks which is further exacerbated when Eamonn returns to London. When Tommy's drug deal goes wrong, Kitty's life is left hanging in the balance.

Episode 6: Eamonn plays a dangerous game by informing on the IRA to Special Branch. He and Cathy are desperate to get away and start a new life together but will they make it without being caught?


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