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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
23 January 1992 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades. Full summary »
Awards:
11 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Compelling British Police Drama See more (16 total) »

Cast

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

Series Produced by
Sally Head .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Don Leaver .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Stephen Warbeck (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ken Morgan (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Edward Mansell (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Doreen Jones (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Roy Stonehouse (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Tom Brown (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Sheelagh Killeen (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Tracey Dilley .... makeup assistant (unknown episodes)
Jane Hatch .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Michael Moustafi .... key makeup artist / special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
Sian Richards .... prosthetic makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Colin Ware .... prosthetic fabricator / prosthetic makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
David Meddick .... production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tania Norman .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
David Weir .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Trevor Devoy .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
Tony Mills .... chargehand asm (unknown episodes)
Chris Stephenson .... design assistant (unknown episodes)
Peter Terry .... graphic designer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Ray French .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Paul Griffiths-Davies .... dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
Ian Hills .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
David Rees .... dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
John Rutherford .... dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
Brian Saunders .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Simon Walton .... dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
John Whitworth .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Peter Brayham .... fights (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Pollard .... aerial shoot camera operator (1 episode, 1991)
Brian Warner .... second assistant camera (1 episode, 1991)

David Bell .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
John Camp .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Bob Gregory .... grip (unknown episodes)
Graham Hazard .... focus puller (unknown episodes)
Howard Somers .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Matt Squire .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Black .... wardrobe supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jackie Ophir .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Wayne Docksey .... animal master (unknown episodes)
Craig McNeil .... production executive (unknown episodes)
Lynne Merriott .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Hilda Miller .... continuity / production assistant (unknown episodes)
Tony Mills .... chargehand asm (unknown episodes)
Anya Noakes .... unit publicist (unknown episodes)
Jenny Sheridan .... script associate (unknown episodes)
Sue Whitley .... coordinator (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
207 min (2 parts)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
On the documentary following the second half of Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006) (TV), Helen Mirren notes that Jackie Malton and her colleagues gave the first "Prime Suspect" a standing ovation because they felt it was the first time the police had been accurately portrayed on television.See more »
Quotes:
[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 picking up prostitutes?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Top Gear: Episode #10.1" (2007)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A Compelling British Police Drama, 23 August 2013
Author: freemantle_uk from United Kingdom

From the mind of crime writing specialist Lynda La Plante the Prime Suspect series was a critically acclaimed series in the UK and became one of Helen Mirren's most famous roles.

DCI Jane Tennison (Mirren) is a senior detective in the London Metropolitan Police who takes over of a murder investigation of a prostitute when the original investigating detective dies of a heart attack. Tennison soon has to prove a suspect, George Marlow (John Bowe), finds evidences that they might be a serial killer, question the work of her precedence and battle of the sexism of her police colleagues.

Police procedural are very common in the UK and can be at times formulaic as they do who done it story lines and have to become more inventive with the range of serial killers or rapists they have to find (if you read crime fiction in the UK you would think the nation is littered with psychopaths). What Prime Suspect works is instead of the usual cliché of finding a range of suspects, a suspect is already known and it is the police's job to find the evidence as well as finding more about the crimes the suspect has committed. This is much more realistic because normally the first suspect/main suspects are normally the personal who committed the crime.

The other focus is Tennison's personal life as the investigation takes it told on her personal life, particularly her relationship with her partner (Tom Wilkinson) and the look of the sexism in police force as few female detectives had reached a senior rank in the early 90s. We get to see Tennison's relationships with her officers as some grow to respect her and show competence whilst others are too loyal to the precedence. We also get to look at the private life of the suspect, getting to know him and doubt whether he really did it.

Prime Suspect is a very well-acted programme (bar an embarrassing heart attack scene). This is a programme that has top actors, including Ralph Fiennes in a small early role. Director Christopher Menaul keeps a great pace for the programme, using long takes and steady cam shots to add a naturalism to the preceding as it keeps a flow going whilst not

Prime Suspect is high quality police procedural drama that fans of these programs.

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