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Prime Suspect: The Lost Child -- In Series 4, the newly promoted Detective Superintendent Tennison moves among stations to head high-profile cases for the Area Major Investigation Team. A wrenching personal decision colors her search for an abducted toddler in The Lost Child.


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22 October 1995 (USA) See more »
Supt. Tennison orchestrates a search for an abducted baby, but events take a turn for the worst when personal emotions cause complications. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Helen Mirren ... Supt. Jane Tennison

Beatie Edney ... Susan Covington

Robert Glenister ... Chris Hughes

Lesley Sharp ... Anne Sutherland
Tracy Keating ... Carolyn Norwood
Richard Hawley ... DI Richard Haskons
Jack Ellis ... DI Tony Muddyman

David Phelan ... DC Pride

Graham Seed ... Doctor

John Benfield ... DCS Kernan

Tony Rohr ... DS McColl

Mark Bazeley ... DC Aplin
Chris Brailsford ... DC Westbrook
Mossie Smith ... WPC Maureen Havers
Caroline Selby ... Alison Sutherland
Candice Paul ... Gayle Sutherland

Adrian Lukis ... John Warwick
Fergus O'Donnell ... DC Hawker

Stuart Wilson ... Dr. Patrick Schofield
Stephen Tindall ... DCI White

Anthony Daniels ... Pathologist

David Ryall ... Oscar Bream
Patrick Cremin ... DI Andrews
Sam Cox ... DCI Birnam

Richard Cubison ... Commander Lane
Mac Andrews ... Stubbs
Anna Niland ... WPC
Malcolm Raeburn ... Supt. Sleeth
Robin Ashenden ... Reporter

Directed by
John Madden 
Writing credits
Paul Billing (written by)

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
Anthony Ham 
Casting by
Doreen Jones 
Production Design by
Chris Truelove 
Art Direction by
Stephen Graham 
Costume Design by
Mike O'Neill 
Makeup Department
Jane Hatch .... makeup supervisor
Anastasia Shirley .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Bill Leather .... production supervisor
David Meddick .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Trina Fraser .... 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
Ben Brookes .... boom operator
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
John Rutherford .... dubbing editor
John Senior .... dubbing editor
Nick Steer .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Steve Tomkow .... special effects
Andy Bradford .... stunt coordinator
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
David Boyle .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Chris Clarkson .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
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
David Weir .... location manager
Sue Wild .... continuity

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DCS Kernan:If this turns into a murder investigation, I can let you have another six men.
Supt. Jane Tennison:[Upset] And what are they supposed to be - pall bearers?
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
As Watchable as any in the "Prime Suspect" series, 24 November 1998
Author: Castor-11 from Victoria B.C.

I'm surprised that mine, so far, is the only comment on this t.v. far as I'm aware, the series itself, has had a huge following, reviewer pundits and real people alike, have praised it to a person. Anyway, let me tell you right away that, if like me, you're a sucker for gritty police dramas, you'll like "The Lost Child" Tennison, the heroine, throughout the "Prime Suspect"series, has been battling the male police establishment, throughout the series, getting to her present, comparatively powerful rank in the police hierarchy through hard work,obstinacy, and sheer talent for police work. She is,essentially, an ambitious career woman, but she has a romantic side and is certainly no man-hater. Unfortunately her relationships are affected by the wicked hours, which her career demands, and she has never married, so when she finds herself pregnant from her latest affair, she is faced with the choice of becoming a mother, and jeopardising her entire police job, let alone future advancement, or having an abortion - which she opts for. This abortion never looms large in the ensuing drama - it's very skilfully dealt with, in less than a couple of minutes screentime, a marvel of economy in scripting, and editing - but it's always there, as a counterpoint to Tennison's desperate efforts to find another "lost child" - a kidnap victim - before it's too late. The story takes many twists and turns,before the surprise ending, and one is fascinated, alike, by the plot, and characters (although I found the many villains a little overdrawn), the police, and especially Tennison, herself, are not always competent, nor that likeable, which figures, given the unpleasant job that they have to do, in the sleazy underworld which this series, habitually inhabits.

Mirren, herself, has said that she'll make no more movies in the series, but, excellent as she's always been in the role of Tennison, the series, itself, is as "actor proof" as is another addiction of mine -Dick Wolf's American"Law & Order" - whoever appears therein, each could go on forever. As is my fervent hope.

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