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11 February 1996 (USA) See more »
A seemingly straightforward sex murder investigation by Superintendent Jane Tennison leads to a hidden political scandal. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Helen Mirren ... Supt. Jane Tennison
Thomas Russell ... Geoff (as Tom Russell)

James Laurenson ... Paul Endicott
Helene Kvale ... Lynne Endicott

Jill Baker ... Maria Henry

Kelly Reilly ... Polly Henry
Gareth Forwood ... Denis Carradine
Anthony Bate ... James Greenlees
Phillida Sewell ... Olive Carradine (as Phillada Sewell)
Jonathan Copestake ... Micky Thomas
Julie Rice ... Sheila Bower
Roger Milner ... Norman
Tony Spooner ... Alan
Hamish McColl ... Younger Neighbor
Sam Rumbelow ... PC Wilson
Ralph Arliss ... DCI Raymond (as Raiph Arliss)
Sophie Stanton ... DS Cromwell

Thomas Craig ... DS Booth
Cristopher John Hale ... DC Bakari (as Christopher John Hall)
Steve Knowles ... Desk Sergeant
James E. Kerr ... DC Lee (as James Kerr)
Richard Hawley ... DI Richard Haskons

Albert Welling ... Club Manager
Nick Patrick ... Hamish Endicott
Malcolm Scates ... Forensic Scientist
Armen Gregory ... SOCO
Ian Flintoff ... Supt. Mallory

Anthony Daniels ... Pathologist

John Benfield ... DCS Kernan
Martin Matthews ... Tory Councillor
Daphne Goddard ... 1st woman at meeting
Marilyn Finlay ... 2nd woman at meeting
Alan Perrin ... Derek Palmer
Kenneth Hadley ... Opposition Speaker
Alex Hall ... Opposition Councillor
Myles Hoyle ... Mr. Brant
Michael Stainton ... George

Directed by
Sarah Pia Anderson 
Writing credits
Eric Deacon (written by)

Meredith Oakes (story)

Produced by
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: USA
Sally Head .... executive producer
Paul Marcus .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen Warbeck 
Cinematography by
David Odd 
Film Editing by
Oral Norrie Ottey 
Casting by
Doreen Jones 
Production Design by
Chris Truelove 
Art Direction by
Claire Kenny 
Costume Design by
Mike O'Neill 
Makeup Department
Kathy Ducker .... makeup supervisor
Samantha Print .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Bill Leather .... production supervisor
David Meddick .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Fahy .... first assistant director
Sue Whitley .... second assistant director
Art Department
Iain Andrews .... assistant art director
Murray Cook .... graphic designer
Trevor Devoy .... production buyer
Tony Mills .... construction manager
Terry Nixon .... stand-by props
Sound Department
David Eve .... boom operator
John Rutherford .... dubbing editor
John Senior .... dubbing editor
Nick Steer .... sound mixer
John Whitworth .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Steve Tomkow .... special effects
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Joss Gower .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jimmy Camp .... gaffer
Craig Feather .... focus puller
Mike Fisher .... camera grip
Tony Slater Ling .... clapper loader (as Tony Ling)
Howard Somers .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Samantha Horn .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Chris Clarkson .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Location Management
David Weir .... location manager
Other crew
Gwenda Bagshaw .... script associate
Elizabeth Bradley .... script editor
Craig McNeil .... production executive
Carl Morris .... production financing
Milly Preece .... production coordinator
Valery Ryan .... script editor
Sue Wild .... continuity

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes It Pays to be Generous, 10 May 2006
Author: Rick Blaine from London

Sometimes it pays to be generous. This part of the series might not be perfect, but who are we to complain when we're already getting so much? A quick glance at the US 'twinkie' counterpart Law & Order reminds us of how grateful we should be.

These are alternately gritty and fancy cases. Some are almost too realistic, others play like Dame Agatha.

But above it all is Helen Mirren. Dench may be the better known of the two right now, and I do like the work Dench does, but no one will ever compare in my book to Helen Mirren. She's just too much. Too sexy, too charismatic, too powerful - she may be years older than me but that doesn't matter: she's still the most attractive woman alive. She's an inspiration to watch. Her every movement whispers 'class'.

The first part of part 4 was directed by John Madden of Shakespeare in Love fame. This is the kind of quality entertainment sent your way. These are not easy, two dimensional comic book stories in the spirit of Dick Wolf; if these aren't real, then it doesn't matter, for they seem real. They're fully three dimensional.

The part we're watching right now is part two of part four. To me it's even better, although everyone says wait for the final third part which is the crowning achievement. I don't care: this one's got me totally wrapped up. The conflicts they put in these things - so subtle, so cunningly portrayed.

A 10 out of 10 may be technically inaccurate, but sometimes it pays to be generous. This is still entertainment, it's still drama, in an age where everything's devolved into Big Brother, American Idol, and more ads than playtime - and with all that goes with it: cheap tricks, garish ways to grab your attention, etc. Prime Suspect works from the radical concept that the show in its entirety should be entertaining. Movie quality on the television screen. Don't miss it. Buy each and every one. There's no way you can lose on this one. And watch Helen Mirren do her stuff. Imagine if you will what she and Sean Connery could do together. Wow.

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