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Jane Tennison (Character)
from "Prime Suspect" (1991)

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"Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness" (2003)
Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: [asked if she is competent] Well, I've memorized the name of the current prime minister, if that's of any help.

Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: You know, it'll be a huge miscalculation to try and undermine my authority.

Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: [Regarding the murdered woman] What nationality do you think she was?
Pathologist: Possible East European; but I assumed Spanish the other day. That turned out to be Irish.

Haweeya: Will he come after me, too?
Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: No. No - because I'm going to find him, and I'm going too lock him away - and he's *never* coming out.

Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: You know, there's a twelve week residential course I could send you on especially designed to help you appreciate cultural sensitivities.
DS Alun Simms: [Extending his arm] I'd prefer an amputation!
Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: Yeah, well that's not where you need cutting off. Go on, piss off!

Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: You know, it'd be a huge miscalculation to undermine my authority.


"Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement" (1996)
Superintendent Jane Tennison: Listen, I don't know what you've heard about me, but, ehm...
DCS Ballinger: What have I heard?
Superintendent Jane Tennison: "That bloody Jane Tennison, she'll be storming into your nick, the balls of your best officers trailing from her jaws, spraying people with claret, calling people Masons, threatening resignation..." Well, I... I just wanted to tell you I'm not a complete maniac.
DCS Ballinger: Aren't you? How disappointing.

Superintendent Jane Tennison: And Henry, don't call me ma'am. Call me boss, gov, anything but ma'am.

Superintendent Jane Tennison: Oh, Campbell, you said you wanted law and order. Do you remember that?
Campbell Lafferty: Yeah.
Superintendent Jane Tennison: Yeah, I do too. You'll never get it unless you tell the truth. It's as simple as that.

The Street: Now, I didn't actually hear you read me rights, Did I miss that? Am I under arrest?
Superintendent Jane Tennison: No, if you want me to leave just say so. I wont actually go but I know saying so will make you feel like a big boy.
The Street: Just because you don't come Jane, don't take it out on me.

DCS Ballinger: Jesus Jane, I want you now.
Superintendent Jane Tennison: Well so does the desk sargeant, and asked me first.
[Walks out smiling]


"Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act" (2006)
Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: Don't call me ma'am - I'm not the bloody queen!

Tony Sturdy: Christ! You never made a mistake? You never been ashamed?
Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: What were you ashamed of Tony? Hmm? 'Cause you like a drink? Is that what it is? You had more than one beer in that car, didn't you? I mean, I can tell you like a drink. 'Cause you smell of alcohol right now.
Tony Sturdy: No. That's not me. That's you.

Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: [asking for a DNA test] Mr. Sturdy, unless you give us a sample, I'm afraid we're going to have to arrest you.
Tony Sturdy: [Spits in her face] There's your sample!

Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: You got kids?
DI Traynor: Yeah, two girls.
Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: Never lie to them. They always know when you're lying.


"Prime Suspect 3" (1993)
DCI Jane Tennison: Have you ever had sex with a man?
Martin Fletcher: Who me? No!
DCI Jane Tennison: How about a blowjob? Ever done that?
Martin Fletcher: Yeah, a few times when I'm broke. I ain't into that kind of thing, I've got other means of employment.
DCI Jane Tennison: Oh yeah? Such as what?
Martin Fletcher: Breaking and entering, nicking cars, radios, do a bit of begging.
[Mockingly]
Martin Fletcher: Sell my life story to the newspapers.
DCI Jane Tennison: Now you listen to me, Martin. You think you can play games with us, lie to us and it's all a joke isn't it? Well it isn't! Colin Jenkins is dead! There's no one to claim his body, no one to even bury him. No one cares about Colin other than us - and you're next, Martin~ You're the next little dead body we found out there - you know that? Want people to care about you?

DCI Jane Tennison: [to Otley] Dig around and see what you come up with on the quiet.

DCI Jane Tennison: [to members of her team] So if any names come up on this tape, they are going to stay here in this office amongst us. because we are opening one very big can of worms. We're going to need hard evidence to back it up. Excuse the pun.


Prime Suspect: The Lost Child (1995) (TV)
DCS Kernan: If this turns into a murder investigation, I can let you have another six men.
Supt. Jane Tennison: [Upset] And what are they supposed to be - pall bearers?

Supt. Jane Tennison: You don't approve of women who take their careers seriously?
John Warwick: Not if it makes 'em selfish. I don't approve of anyone who makes a career a fetish.


Prime Suspect: Inner Circles (1995) (TV)
Supt. Jane Tennison: How's your wife, by the way?
DCI Raymond: She's fine - still getting it regularly which you're obviously not.

Supt. Jane Tennison: [Interrogating a 16-year-old girl] Now you listen to me, we're not talking about petty thieving here, you can forget about conning some old fart on a magistrate's bench. This is murder, Sheila, that means prison. For life.


Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness (1995) (TV)
Chief Supt. Kernan: I have absolutely no choice but to suspend you from all duties. Please give me your warrant card.
Supt. Jane Tennison: [Looks at Mike] I shall, of course, vindicate myself at the earliest opportunity.


"Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement: Part 1 (#1.1)" (1996)
The Street: Do I get frisked? I Love getting frisked!
Superintendent Jane Tennison: [Nods at her officers] Do It!