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)
Jessica Turner ...
 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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Mobil Masterpiece Theatre: Prime Suspect  »

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According to Lynda La Plante, on the documentary about the making of Prime Suspect (1991), when she called the Metropolitan Police (aka 'Scotland Yard') and enquired as to how many female DCI's there were on the force, the woman who answered her call said, "Oh, quite a number! Four!" Jackie Malton appears on the same documentary, noting that she was one of three DCI's on the force at that particular time. See more »

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[Searching Moyra Henson's house]
DI Frank Burkin: Where's your bathroom?
Moyra Henson: [voice] This is harrassment you know! You've already been here two days on the trot! What are you looking for this time? I've got an appointment to keep you know!
[Moyra comes into camera view]
Moyra Henson: How long are you going to be this time?
[Frank picks up her laundry basket]
Moyra Henson: And you can put that laundry back, sonny! Unless your a perverted crotch sniffer. Those are my dirty knickers! And I know how many there are!
DCI Jane Tennison: How'd you feel about your boyfriend...
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Simply the best crime series ever
7 September 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Helen Mirren portraits the female DCI with dignity, courage and flair. She ís Jane Tennisson and every episode of this brilliant British crime series is worth more then any other series ever made before or ever made since. Mirren gets into the character from the very start and she slowly builds a genuine person of flesh and blood, that moves the viewer, because we understand her anger, her enthusiasm, her frustrations. There is an American Prime Suspect series now, but I don't want to watch it, because it can never be anywhere near as good as the original and that is solely due to Helen Mirren. This can never be topped. That goes for all the episodes.


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