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Prime Suspect: Season 1: Episode 2 -- In the opening series, D.C.I. Tennison seizes the opportunity to head a murder investigation--something she should have done long ago, had she not been passed over by her male superiors time and again. With a suspect already identified and her own team openly hostile, she uncovers errors and conflicting facts that point to a cover-up within the force. Is this a single murder or the latest act of a serial killer? Tennison refuses to back off the investigation.     Guest stars include Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, In the Bedroom), Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler's List), and Zoe Wanamaker (Poirot).
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23 January 1992 (USA) See more »
A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades. Full summary »
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Helen Mirren ... DCI Jane Tennison (2 episodes, 1991)

Tom Bell ... DS Bill Otley (2 episodes, 1991)

John Benfield ... DCS Michael Kernan (2 episodes, 1991)
Jack Ellis ... DI Tony Muddyman (2 episodes, 1991)

Craig Fairbrass ... 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)

Andrew Tiernan ... DC Rosper (2 episodes, 1991)
Philip Wright ... DC Lillie (2 episodes, 1991)

Zoë Wanamaker ... Moyra Henson (2 episodes, 1991)
Richard Hawley ... DC Richard Haskons (2 episodes, 1991)
Mark Spalding ... DC Oakhill (2 episodes, 1991)

Tom Wilkinson ... 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)

Ralph Fiennes ... Michael (2 episodes, 1991)
Julie Sumnall ... Karen / ... (2 episodes, 1991)

Series Directed by
Christopher Menaul (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Writing credits
Lynda La Plante (2 episodes, 1991)

Series Produced by
Sally Head .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1991)
Don Leaver .... producer (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Original Music by
Stephen Warbeck (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Cinematography by
Ken Morgan (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Film Editing by
Edward Mansell (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Casting by
Doreen Jones (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Production Design by
Roy Stonehouse (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Art Direction by
Tom Brown (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Costume Design by
Sheelagh Killeen (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Makeup Department
Tracey Dilley .... makeup assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
Jane Hatch .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1991)
Michael Moustafi .... key makeup artist (2 episodes, 1991)
Colin Ware .... prosthetic fabricator (2 episodes, 1991)
Sian Richards .... prosthetic makeup artist (1 episode, 1991)
Series Production Management
David Meddick .... production manager (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tania Norman .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1991)
David Weir .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Art Department
Trevor Devoy .... production buyer (2 episodes, 1991)
Tony Mills .... chargehand asm (2 episodes, 1991)
Chris Stephenson .... design assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
Peter Terry .... graphic designer (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Sound Department
Ray French .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1991)
Paul Griffiths-Davies .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1991)
Ian Hills .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1991)
David Rees .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1991)
John Rutherford .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1991)
Brian Saunders .... dubbing mixer (2 episodes, 1991)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (2 episodes, 1991)
Simon Walton .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1991)
John Whitworth .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Stunts
Peter Brayham .... fights (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
David Bell .... focus puller (2 episodes, 1991)
John Camp .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1991)
Bob Gregory .... grip (2 episodes, 1991)
Graham Hazard .... focus puller (2 episodes, 1991)
Howard Somers .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1991)
Matt Squire .... still photographer (2 episodes, 1991)
Alf Tramontin .... steadicam operator (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Black .... wardrobe supervisor (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Editorial Department
Jackie Ophir .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Location Management
Lynne Merriott .... location manager (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... transportation captain (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Other crew
Wayne Docksey .... animal master (2 episodes, 1991)
Craig McNeil .... production executive (2 episodes, 1991)
Hilda Miller .... continuity (2 episodes, 1991)
Tony Mills .... chargehand asm (2 episodes, 1991)
Anya Noakes .... unit publicist (2 episodes, 1991)
Jenny Sheridan .... script associate (2 episodes, 1991)
Sue Whitley .... coordinator (2 episodes, 1991)

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207 min (2 parts)
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Lynda La Plante made this film after watching reality-TV crime shows. After calling Scotland Yard and learning that there were only four female DCIs, she interviewed one of them (Jackie Malton), who impressed her so much that La Plante decided to base the plot on Malton's experiences during her career.See more »
[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 wrong...
[Moyra continues to laugh hysterically]
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Excellent show, 7 May 2007
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

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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