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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Jane doesn't like being compared to the Queen. Of course, Helen Mirren later gave an Oscar winning performance as HRH Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006). See more »

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[George is talking about a day out with his mother when he was a child]
George Marlow: Just as we got to the gates. The lads they all saw it... The wind blew her wig off.
Moyra Henson: [begins to laugh] You're kidding me? Blew her wig off? No...
[she bursts into hysterical laughter]
George Marlow: It wasn't funny, Moyra!
Moyra Henson: [laughing] I'm sorry.
George Marlow: Dad ran down the road to try and get it back.
[Moyra continues to laugh]
George Marlow: 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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As perfect as they come.
25 August 2000 | by (Calgary) – See all my reviews

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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