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Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness (1995)

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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Pip Donaghy ...
Len Sheldon
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George Marlow
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Supt. David Thorndike
Hugh Simon ...
Chief Inspector Finlay
Alan Leith ...
Supt. Howell
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Penelope Beaumont ...
Dr. Elizabeth Bramwell
Christopher Ashley ...
Antony Bramwell
Glen Berry ...
Wayne
Joseph Kpobie ...
Al
Otis Munyangiri ...
Pete (as Otis Munyang'iri)
Rebecca Thorn ...
Policewoman 1
Scott Neal ...
Geoff
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DCI Tom Mitchell
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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>

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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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Followed by Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness (2003) See more »

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Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)
Written by Harry Dacre
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Nothing compares to Prime Suspect
21 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

These series were popular, and still admired and remembered. Helen Mirren is wonderful as always, playing Jane Tennison - a great detective, proving that women can be both strong and emotional (In real life as much as on the screen), which is a quality men rarely have...in my not at all humble opinion. It's suitable for everyone not just fans of crime stories- it's not violent, it's emotional and filled with suspense and mystery.


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