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Prime Suspect: Scent of Darkness (1995)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | 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
Stephen Boxer ...
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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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.

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