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Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Mystery | Thriller  -  9 February 1997 (USA)
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Detective Tennison investigates a seemingly straightforward drug murder that she believes is linked to a smugly smooth crime boss.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
DS Rankine
DI Devanney
John Brobbey ...
DC Henry Adeliyeka
John McArdle ...
DCS Ballinger
The Street
Ray Emmet Brown ...
Michael Johns
Joseph Jacobs ...
Campbell Lafferty
David Norman ...
Tony Rice (as Dave Norman)
Martin Ronan ...
DS Pardy
Antony Audenshaw ...
DC Growse
Anne Hornby ...
DC Skinner
Gabrielle Reidy ...
Noreen Lafferty
Janice Lafferty


Tennison on a new beat investigates the killing of a drug runner, with the runner's employer, "The Street," as her prime suspect. Meanwhile, The Street is conducting his own investigation into the killing, with the help of his team of hoodlums and his vicious Rottweilers. And as Tennison rankles that her subordinates accuse her of sleeping her way to the top, she begins an affair with her married supervisor. Written by Bil Boozer <>

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While shes giving a talk to the school kids Tennsion says she has been a cop for 22 years meaning she joined the force in 1976. However in Prime Suspect 6 (2003) She is supposed to have completed over 30 years service but she would be 3 years short. See more »


The Street: Now, I didn't actually hear you read me rights, Did I miss that? Am I under arrest?
Superintendent Jane Tennison: No, if you want me to leave just say so. I wont actually go but I know saying so will make you feel like a big boy.
The Street: Just because you don't come Jane, don't take it out on me.
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References Natural Born Killers (1994) See more »

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Comes Close to outshining PS1
15 October 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Prime Suspect 5 is as close as I have seen to outshining the original (though truth be known I have not see 2 or 3). The first thing we notice about PS5 is that Jane Tennison has a new hairdo, and has been moved to a different area (she's there to terrorise those men at Manchester now), and there is a line in the beginning of the film that captures the mood of the station perfectly:

"That bloody Jane Tennison, she'll be storming into your nic, the balls of your best officers trailing from her jaws, spraying people with claret, calling people masons, threatening resignation. Well I just wanted to let you know I'm not a complete maniac." And this line is said by Tennison herself!!!

Jane Tennison's investigations lead her this time into the world of organised crime and drugs, when she goes after a man known as "the street". What makes this miniseries so interesting is that it keeps you gripped until the very last frame, especially when you find out the person who is leaking information to the bad guys is ****************** (thought I was going to tell you didn't you?)

Twists and turns in the plot, an excellent storyline and excellent performances on every part (though Mirren seems to make them all fade into the background with her superior acting ability - I'm a biased member of the HMAS, and I'm the biggest fan of Helen Mirren to ever be, especially because I'm 15!!).

Thankyou, Helen, Thankyou, Lynda LaPlante, and thankyou, channel seven (for actually showing the series - prime suspect is scarcely available on video to buy or hire over here in Oz) - but I'm still waiting for 2 & 3!!!! fink whateva you want babyluv, whateva tickle ya fancey, whateva lift ya dress......

9 out of 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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