Martina Cole Double Bill
Jonathan Cake (Mosley, Rebecca), Susan Vidler (Trainspotting, The Woman in White) and Adrian Dunbar (Hear My Song) star in The Jump, dramatised from the novel of best selling author Martina Cole. When Donna Brunos’ (Susan Vidler) businessman husband George (Jonathan Cake) is jailed for a crime she is certain he did not commit, Donna decides she has only one option – to help him escape from a life behind bars.
Donna seeks the help of the enigmatic Alan (Adrian Dunbar), an ex-con with sharply divided loyalties. But as the escape takes shape, Donna finds herself drawn further into a dark, menacing criminal underworld. Finally she is confronted by a series of shattering revelations that threaten not only everything she believes in but also, ultimately, her own life.
Adapted from the best-selling novel by Martina Cole, Dangerous Lady is set in the gangland world of London in the 50’s and 60’s. It charts the rise to fame and notoriety of the Ryans, a poor Irish family, who become one of the foremost crime families in London, and is the story of the youngest daughter, Maura (Susan Lynch – Waking Ned Devine, Amongst Women), who becomes the “dangerous lady” of the title. Maura is shielded from the criminal activities of her seven brothers. But after a failed love affair with a policeman, Terry (Owen Teale), and, as her adored eldest brother, Michael (Jason Isaacs), starts to lose his grip on the family, she is forced to take the destiny of the Ryans into her own hands, much to the concern of her mother, Sarah (Sheila Hancock).
No one thinks a twenty-year-old girl can take on the hard men of London’s criminal underworld, but together, Maura and Michael are unbeatable: the King and Queen of organised crime. But Maura’s most difficult challenge comes as she grows disillusioned by the cycle of bloody revenge around her and resolves to change both her life and that of her family.