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)
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 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)
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 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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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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Excellent show
7 May 2007 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) is in charge of the investigation to uncover a serial killer who rapes, tortures, and brutally murders prostitutes in London. Tennison is put in charge after one of her fellow DCIs has a heart attack and dies. She inherits the murder case and soon comes across the connected second murder. If trying to solve not one but two rape-murder cases is not enough, Jane's work is complicated by the hostility of her staff. The members of the male-dominated police department feel humiliated and have problems following the orders of the female boss, no matter how intelligent, tough, organized, and fit for the position she is. Tennison's obsession with the cases and fighting for credibility and respect from her colleagues don't help to her relationship with the boyfriend Peter Rawlins (Tom Wilkinson), either. Helen Mirren is superb as DCI Tennison playing the character that is sympathetic, tough, vulnerable, bright, very clever, and sexy - all at the same time. Mirren was voted the sexiest 60+ star in the world few months ago. I think she's been always incredibly attractive and desirable - and always will be. She definitely lit the screen at 46, in her first season of "Prime Suspect" (1991). Creator of the show, Lynda La Plante wrote the story that ranks among the best police procedures and it is terrific - complex, dynamic, with unexpected turns, and interesting multidimensional characters. Ralph Fiennes played one of his first roles as a boyfriend of a murdered girl and he was memorable in a very emotional scene opposite Mirren. I look forward for more DVDs with the rest of the seasons coming from Netflix.


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