Dangerous Lady (ITV Crime, Susan Lynch, Sheila Hancock)

Crime drama serial Dangerous Lady took us back to the 1960’s and the Notting Hill Gate area of London where the Irish Ryan family rule the gangster roost. The family were embroiled in a vicious war with a rival greek gang. Homosexual Michael (Jason Isaacs) is initially the brains of the outfit but his sister Maura who is playing with fire by having an affair with copper Terry (Owen Teale) quickly assumes control when she joins the family firm. The family matriatch was Sarah (Sheila Hancock).

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Cast: Sheila Hancock as Sarah Ryan; Jason Isaacs as Michael Ryan; Susan Lynch as Maura Ryan; Owen Teale as Terry Patterson; Cal MacAninch as Geoff Ryan; Philip Wright as Garry Ryan; John Thomson as Lee Ryan; Morgan Jones as Benny Ryan; Frank Grimes as Benjamin Ryan; Sophie Stanton as Marge; Caroline Trowbridge as Janine; Glyn Grimstead as Dennis; David Calder; Alan Hunter as Superintendent Johnson; Michael O’Hagan as Father John

Writer: Paul Hines / Novel: Martina Cole / Music: Ray Russell / Producer: Lavinia Warner, Anne-Marie Casey / Director: John Woods

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UK / ITV – Central – Warner Sisters / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 23 May – 13 June 1995



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