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"Prime Suspect" (1991) More at IMDbPro »

Season: 1
Year: 1991


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Episode #1.1

7 April 1991
DCI Jane Tennison has paid her dues; she has risen through the ranks of the various branches of London Metropolitan Police, attaining the heretofore unheard rank (for women) of Detective Chief Inspector. But, it is not until the heart attack and death of the popular DCI John Sheffield that Jane gets to lead a murder investigation. She expects bad attitudes and "good ole boy" bravado from colleagues (and superiors) but she is determined to do her job. In her first hour on the case, Jane demonstrates how DCI Sheffield misidentified the murder victim and this enrages her new team; one accuses her of attacking the reputation of their dead comrade. A few of the "boys" try to sabotage their new team leader, but eventually, by doing her job and brooking no nonsense, Jane earns grudging respect from some of her officers. Like the murder inquiry, DCI Tennison is neither as simple nor as obvious as her detractors wish to think.

Helen Mirren ... DCI Jane Tennison

Tom Bell ... DS Bill Otley

John Benfield ... DCS Michael Kernan
John Bowe ... George Marlow

Zoë Wanamaker ... Moyra Henson

Craig Fairbrass ... D.I. Frank Burkin
Jack Ellis ... DI Tony Muddyman
John Forgeham ... DCI John Shefford
Mossie Smith ... WPC Maureen Havers
Ian Fitzgibbon ... DC Jones

Andrew Tiernan ... DC Rosper
Philip Wright ... DC Lillie
Richard Hawley ... DC Richard Haskons
Mark Spalding ... DC Oakhill
Dave Bond ... DS Eastel
Terence Taplin ... Cmdr. Trayner (as Terry Taplin)
Bryan Pringle ... Felix Norman
Gareth Tudor Price ... Willy Chang
Andrew Abrahams ... Tilly
Fionnuala Ellwood ... Joyce
Maria Mescki ... Lab Assistant
Martin Reeve ... Lab Assistant
John Ireland ... Lab Assistant

Tom Wilkinson ... Peter Rawlins
Francesca Ryan ... Marianne
Jeremy Warder ... Joey
Angela Bruce ... Helen Masters
Michael Fleming ... Major Howard
Daphne Neville ... Mrs. Howard
Julie Sumnall ... Karen

Ralph Fiennes ... Michael
Wilfred Harrison ... Mr. Tennison
Noel Dyson ... Mrs. Tennison

Jessica Turner ... Pam
Owen Aaronovitch ... Tony

Anna Savva ... Mrs. Salbanna
James Snell ... Arnold Upcher
Malcolm Raeburn ... Insp. Sleeth

Peter Dennis ... Toastmaster
Anthony Havering ... Barman
Mark Anthony Newman ... DS Lambton
Brian Hayes ... TV Presenter
Sandra Butterworth ... WPC 'Karen'
Vincent Pickering ... Witness
Bryonie Pritchard ... WPC Southwood
Barbara Dryhurst ... WPC Raeburn
Anthony Schaeffer ... Uniformed Officer

Season 1, Episode 2: Episode #1.2

8 April 1991
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).

Helen Mirren ... DCI Jane Tennison

Tom Bell ... DS Bill Otley

John Benfield ... DCS Michael Kernan
Gary Whelan ... DS Terry Amson
Jack Ellis ... DI Tony Muddyman

Craig Fairbrass ... D.I. Frank Burkin
Mossie Smith ... WPC Maureen Havers
Ian Fitzgibbon ... DC Jones
Philip Wright ... DC Lillie

Andrew Tiernan ... DC Rosper
Richard Hawley ... DC Richard Haskons
Mark Spalding ... DC Oakhill
Tom Bowles ... DC Avison
Seamus O'Neill ... DC Caplan

Marcus Romer ... DI Caldicott
John Bowe ... George Marlow

Zoë Wanamaker ... Moyra Henson
Maxine Audley ... Mrs. Marlow

Tom Wilkinson ... Peter Rawlins
Jeremy Warder ... Joey
Susan Brown ... Linda

Jessica Turner ... Pam
Rod Arthur ... Sgt. Tomlins
Rosy Clayton ... Carol
Phil Hearne ... Painter
James Snell ... Arnold Upcher

Julian Firth ... Mr. Shrapnel
Doug Fisher ... Edward Harvey
Andrew Abrahams ... Tilly
Moya Ruskin ... Annette Frisby (as Moyra Ruskin)
Malcolm Freeman ... Biker
Ian Hastings ... Reg McKinney
Gareth Tudor Price ... Willy Chang
Angela Bruce ... Helen Masters
Sarah Thurstan ... Mother (as Sarah Thurston)
Jimmy Hibbert ... Reporter
Michael Fleming ... Major Howard
Renny Krupinski ... Clerk of Court
Daphne Neville ... Mrs. Howard

Ralph Fiennes ... Michael
Julie Sumnall ... Karen Howard (uncredited)

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