Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness (1995)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  15 May 1995 (UK)
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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.



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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 ...
Joseph Kpobie ...
Otis Munyangiri ...
Pete (as Otis Munyang'iri)
Rebecca Thorn ...
Policewoman 1
Scott Neal ...
DCI Tom Mitchell


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 <>

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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.
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Jane, once again, must go toe to toe with a bunch of short sighted males. Of course, she is so abrasive that they can't help but dislike her. For her, the job's the thing and all the other guys merely players. They are hard working but have a bit less passion. In this one, she deals with a serial killer she put away years ago. Now this guy is orchestrating the deaths of other women through a psychotic prison guard. Because she has crossed the guy who normally would have handled the lead in the case, she falls into disfavor. Her higher ups begin to try to discredit her, hoping to have her drummed out of the force. Of course, sexism is a major player, but it has more to do with her open disdain for them. She has no bedside manner. Anyway, she begins to go rogue after being suspended from the case. Her allies are her psychologist boyfriend and her friend on the force. A focus here is a hack author who wrote a book making her look incompetent and making a plea for the release of the serial killer, Marlowe. This is a classic of our wanting to see the smug superiors get theirs. This may be my favorite episode of this series. The intractability of these guys and their mocking laughter is anathema to her. As I've said in previous reviews, Jane is flawed, and this makes her so much more believable than those characters who seem to have the world by the butt. If you have not seen any of this series, this would be a good one.

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