MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 687 this week

Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness (1995)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  15 May 1995 (UK)
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 1,059 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 8 critic

A series of brutal sex murders disturbingly similar to the pattern of Superintendent Jane Tennison's first major case leads to the awful suggestion that she may have caught the wrong man the first time.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $4.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 23 Jan 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 15 Jul 2012
 
a list of 614 titles
created 08 Aug 2012
 
list image
a list of 91 titles
created 06 Jan 2013
 
a list of 2222 titles
created 23 May 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness (TV Movie 1995)

Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness (TV Movie 1995) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness.
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Supt. Tennison orchestrates a search for an abducted baby, but events take a turn for the worst when personal emotions cause complications.

Director: John Madden
Stars: Helen Mirren, Beatie Edney, Robert Glenister
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A seemingly straightforward sex murder investigation by Superintendent Jane Tennison leads to a hidden political scandal.

Director: Sarah Pia Anderson
Stars: Helen Mirren, Thomas Russell, James Laurenson
Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Detective Tennison investigates a seemingly straightforward drug murder that she believes is linked to a smugly smooth crime boss.

Stars: Helen Mirren, John Brobbey, Ray Emmet Brown
Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness (TV Mini-Series 2003)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison's investigation of the murder of a Bosnian refugee leads her to one, or possibly two, Serbian war criminals determined to silence the last witness to a massacre a decade before.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Liam Cunningham, Anna Maria Ashe
Prime Suspect 3 (TV Mini-Series 1993)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Assigned to a Vice squad, Detective Jane Tennison investigates a child murder and discovers a sinister link to the police.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Tom Bell, Karen Tomlin
Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (TV Mini-Series 2006)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Approaching retirement, Jane Tennison investigates the murder of a missing girl. But the cracks soon begin to show as Jane struggles with an alcohol problem and the death of her father.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Nonso Anozie, Maxine Barton
Prime Suspect 2 (TV Mini-Series 1992)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

DCI Jane Tennison's investigation of a murder is complicated with the unexpected participation of her secret lover in her detective unit.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Colin Salmon, John Benfield
Prime Suspect (TV Mini-Series 1991)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.

Stars: Helen Mirren, John Benfield, Tom Bell
Painted Lady (TV Movie 1997)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

From the Irish countryside to London to New York and back again, Maggie reenters the world as a countess and shady art dealer. With her panache and charisma, she finds more than an auction,... See full summary »

Director: Julian Jarrold
Stars: Helen Mirren, Iain Glen, Franco Nero
Prime Suspect (2011–2012)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

About Jane Timoney, an iconoclastic female detective who has to make her bones in a tough New York precinct that is dominated by men.

Stars: Maria Bello, Brían F. O'Byrne, Kirk Acevedo
The Passion of Ayn Rand (TV Movie 1999)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The rather eccentric (especially in her thinking) author of "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" becomes involved with a much younger, and married man... to the dismay of those close to her.

Director: Christopher Menaul
Stars: Helen Mirren, Eric Stoltz, Julie Delpy
Messiah 2: Vengeance Is Mine (TV Mini-Series 2002)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A man is buried alive, and Metcalfe must delve into a serial killer's psyche.

Stars: Frances Grey, Gillian Taylforth, Emily Joyce
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Pip Donaghy ...
Len Sheldon
...
...
Hugh Simon ...
Chief Inspector Finlay
Alan Leith ...
Supt. Howell
...
Dr. Patrick Schofield
Penelope Beaumont ...
Dr. Elizabeth Bramwell
Christopher Ashley ...
Antony Bramwell
Glen Berry ...
Wayne
...
Al
Otis Munyangiri ...
Pete (as Otis Munyang'iri)
Rebecca Thorn ...
Policewoman 1
Scott Neal ...
Geoff
...
DCI Tom Mitchell
Edit

Storyline

A series of horrific murders of women in a pattern very similar to a previous series of murder Police Detective Jane Tennison investigated lends support to a growing popular feeling that she arrested the wrong man, who has always claimed his innocence. Jane refuses to accept that possibility and orders her team to investigate the new murders to the exclusion of reviewing the older ones. The growing friction of the suspicions of her fellow officers and her own convictions lead to her being taken off the case as being biased. Now, she must try to restore her professional reputation while investigating elements of the case on her own. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

15 May 1995 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Heißer Verdacht - Der Duft des Todes  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Chief Supt. Kernan: I have absolutely no choice but to suspend you from all duties. Please give me your warrant card.
Supt. Jane Tennison: [Looks at Mike] I shall, of course, vindicate myself at the earliest opportunity.
See more »

Connections

Follows Prime Suspect 3 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)
Written by Harry Dacre
Background music at Pier
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
OK Give In
23 May 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I previously wrote that part 2 in this set was going to be the most gripping for myself - without even having seen this one, part 3. I liked the premise of part 2 and could not imagine I'd find another better.

But OK: I give in. I admit it: this is far and away the best of the three. It is everything part 2 is and more. It's just so juicy seeing Mirren have to haggle with these creeps who are simultaneously her superiors. She says herself that acting is no big deal, but try telling that to all the two-bit actors out there who never seem to get it. Did Chuck Norris ever say acting was no big deal? (Come to think of it, he would say that, wouldn't he?)

Tennison is up against it in this one. Everything's at stake, and the plot follows a classic (but not worn out) story line found in many whodunits of this nature, namely Tennison's integrity is called into question. And the case has her really upset. And things fly in all possible directions. And you have to really stay on the edge of your seat to get all the clues. Meaning it's a bit of an intellectual challenge, in addition to everything else it gives you. Which is only good.

There's no contest: even if you don't particularly like the format, odds are you'll still be 'glued to the tube' for this one and unable to break away.

The writing, the direction, the acting - and above all (and it's a lot) Mirren stand out and shine.

The UK have come out with some amazing detective series over the years, and this is one of their absolute best.


12 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why was Marlow recast? IanDSmith
Dr. Mabuse sherlock-37

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?