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Run (TV series)

Genre Drama
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) London
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Acme Films
Distributor Channel 4 Television Corporation
Original channel Channel 4
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 15 July 2013 (2013-07-15) – 18 July 2013 (2013-07-18)
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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 of which focuses on one character among the four leads, Tara (Jaime Winstone), Carol (Olivia Colman), Richard (Lennie James) and Ying (Katie Leung), and shows how their decisions impact themselves and one another.[4][5]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Episodes 3
  • DVD releases 4
  • Reception 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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 Martin Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan, Marlon Smith 15 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 the death of a stranger, Carol faces the impossible choice of protecting her children or doing the right thing.[7]
2 "Ying" Charles Martin Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan, Marlon Smith 16 July 2013 (2013-07-16) 1.71
Ying is an illegal immigrant from the Fujian province of China who sells pirate DVDs and stolen phones at cafés, pubs and barbershops around Brixton.[7]
3 "Richard" Jonathan Pearson Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan, Marlon Smith 17 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 Pearson Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan, Marlon Smith 18 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 addict for a boyfriend.[7]

DVD releases

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


The Express has praised Run, calling it "inventive" and citing 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]


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