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The Jump is a four-part British television crime drama, written by Adrian Hodges and adapted from the novel by Martina Cole, that first broadcast on ITV on 6 September 1998. The series stars Adrian Dunbar as Alan Cox, an ex-con who offers to help Mafia wife Donna Brunos (Susan Vidler) to spring her husband George (Jonathan Cake) from prison after he is put behind bars for a brutal armed robbery.

The Jump
GenreCrime drama
Created byMartina Cole
Written byAdrian Hodges
Directed byRichard Standeven
Composer(s)Ray Russell
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Lavinia Warner
Producer(s)Margaret Mitchell
CinematographyJohn Daly
Editor(s)Richard Milward
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Warner Sisters Productions
Central Television
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV
Picture format16:9 (576i)
Audio formatStereo
Original release6 September (1998-09-06) –
27 September 1998 (1998-09-27)

John Light, Sue Johnston, Michael Angelis and Peter Birrel also star in principal roles. The Jump was first released on VHS on 26 January 2000,[1] before being Region 2 DVD in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2006 via Network, in a double pack with the television adaptation of Cole's novel Dangerous Lady.[2]



The series was described as ‘An involving drama’ by the Scottish Daily Record,[3] while the Daily Mail added; ‘Adrian Dunbar as Alan Cox is, as ever, exceptional’.[3] The Sun also added; ‘Every minute was riveting….brilliant central performances from Jonathan Cake and Susan Vidler… racy, pacy and pulsating with action. I’m up for The Jump for the next three Sundays. It's terrific.’[3]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
1"Episode 1"Richard StandevenAdrian Hodges6 September 1998 (1998-09-06)8.60
2"Episode 2"Richard StandevenAdrian Hodges13 September 1998 (1998-09-13)7.67
3"Episode 3"Richard StandevenAdrian Hodges20 September 1998 (1998-09-20)8.27
4"Episode 4"Richard StandevenAdrian Hodges27 September 1998 (1998-09-27)9.07


  1. ^ "The Jump [VHS] [1998]". Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Martina Cole – The Jump/Dangerous Lady [DVD]". Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "The Jump – Warner Sisters Productions". Warner Sisters. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2018.

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