A series of brutal sex murders disturbingly similar to the pattern of Superintendent Jane Tennison's first major case leads to the awful suggestion that she may have caught the wrong man the first time.
Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison's investigation of the murder of a Bosnian refugee leads her to one, or possibly two, Serbian war criminals determined to silence the last witness to a massacre a decade before.
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
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 »
[George is talking about a day out with his mother when he was a child]
Just as we got to the gates. The lads they all saw it... The wind blew her wig off.
[begins to laugh]
You're kidding me? Blew her wig off? No...
[she bursts into hysterical laughter]
It wasn't funny, Moyra!
Dad ran down the road to try and get it back.
[Moyra continues to laugh]
Mum just stood there. I didn't know she had no hair... Well, Dad tried to help her put it back on, but he got the parting on the ...
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This is far above the average cop series, let alone a made-for-TV cop series. Helen Mirren is, as always, outstanding as Tennyson. The rest of the series is as good as the first, which is, in itself, rare. Usually, sequels or continuations of a series try to follow the same general plot and characterizations and fail because of their lack of originality. Prime Suspect is riviting from the first to the last.
One extra note...did anyone watching it recently notice that the original victim's boyfriend was played by Ralph Fiennes? Shows that quality breeds quality.
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