Prime Suspect (1991)

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A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.

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 DCI Jane Tennison (2 episodes, 1991)
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 DS Bill Otley (2 episodes, 1991)
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 DCS Michael Kernan (2 episodes, 1991)
Jack Ellis ...
 DI Tony Muddyman (2 episodes, 1991)
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 D.I. Frank Burkin (2 episodes, 1991)
Mossie Smith ...
 WPC Maureen Havers (2 episodes, 1991)
Ian Fitzgibbon ...
 DC Jones (2 episodes, 1991)
John Bowe ...
 George Marlow (2 episodes, 1991)
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 DC Rosper (2 episodes, 1991)
Philip Wright ...
 DC Lillie (2 episodes, 1991)
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 Moyra Henson (2 episodes, 1991)
Richard Hawley ...
 DC Richard Haskons (2 episodes, 1991)
Mark Spalding ...
 DC Oakhill (2 episodes, 1991)
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 Peter Rawlins (2 episodes, 1991)
Jeremy Warder ...
 Joey (2 episodes, 1991)
Andrew Abrahams ...
 Tilly (2 episodes, 1991)
Gareth Tudor Price ...
 Willy Chang (2 episodes, 1991)
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 Pam (2 episodes, 1991)
Angela Bruce ...
 Helen Masters (2 episodes, 1991)
James Snell ...
 Arnold Upcher (2 episodes, 1991)
Michael Fleming ...
 Major Howard (2 episodes, 1991)
Daphne Neville ...
 Mrs. Howard (2 episodes, 1991)
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 Michael (2 episodes, 1991)
Julie Sumnall ...
 Karen / ... (2 episodes, 1991)
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DCI Jane Tennison has been passed over time and again to lead a murder investigation, so when one of her fellow DCIs has a heart attack just before he's ready to charge their prime suspect, Jane sees her chance to lead a murder investigation. But the murder squad she takes over is hostile to her, the men upstairs are eager to pull the plug on her investigation, her personal relationships suffer from her obsession with work, and the prime suspect remains elusive. Jane has her work cut out for her as she and her team work their way through computer data trails, legwork, intuitive leaps, chases, arrests, and confessions to find the killer. Written by Kathy Li

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Janet McTeer declined the lead. See more »

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DCI Jane Tennison: So what do you think?
DI Frank Burkin: About what, sir?
DCI Jane Tennison: My voice suddenly got lower, has it? Maybe my knickers are too tight. Listen, I like to be called Governor or The Boss. I don't like Ma'am - I'm not the bloody Queen. So take your pick.
DI Frank Burkin: Yes Ma'am.
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Superb Police Mystery drama
16 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

This just is the best of the lot. I have seen many a police drama but this one near perfect and very believable. The key here is the story and the in each of the 3 seasons I've seen it just gets better and better. The emphasis is here is on good old policing involving evidence gathering , deduction , and superb interrogation technique within that permitted by law. There's very minimal use of science and technology. Also the conclusions are very realistic and almost true to what happens in reality. The direction is superb and is well matched with the editing. The casting crew needs to be be given a pat on the back. And last but not the least Helen Mirren is superb . I saw all the 3 seasons in 2012 and probably was as entertained by it as anyone so would've seen it on initial release, if not more. A must watch !


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