Thursday, 15 July 2010


[6.05 - French Time] Sky goes on investing in original quality drama content with Sky1's second Martina Cole adaptation, The Runaway, which will air next year.

Following the success of The Take, The Runaway is based on the bestselling author's 1997 novel. It follows young runaway Cathy Connor as she is adopted by Desrae, a transvestite, and reunited with her childhood sweetheart Eamonn. Chosen during her second year at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Joanna Vanderham makes her professional acting debut as Cathy.

Scottish actor Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) takes his first British television role in 15 years as Desrae and Jack O'Connell (Skins, Harry Brown) is Eamonn. The Runaway also stars Max Irons, Burn Gorman (Torchwood), Ken Stott and Keith Allen.

Like Martina Cole's The Take, The Runaway is produced by Company Pictures - whose magnificent The Silence airs this week on BBC One - and Warner Sisters. The 6 X 60-minute drama is adapted by Allan Cubitt and directed by David Richards. Filming is currently underway in South Africa where 1960s Soho has been recreated.

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