Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006)
"Prime Suspect: The Final Act" (original title)

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Approaching retirement, Jane Tennison investigates the murder of a missing girl. But the cracks soon begin to show as Jane struggles with an alcohol problem and the death of her father.

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Series cast summary:
 Det. Supt. Jane Tennison (2 episodes, 2006)
 Sean Philips (2 episodes, 2006)
Laura Greenwood ...
 Penny Philips (2 episodes, 2006)
 Linda Philips (2 episodes, 2006)
 Tony Sturdy (2 episodes, 2006)
Katy Murphy ...
 Ruth Sturdy (2 episodes, 2006)
 Arnold Tennison (2 episodes, 2006)
 Bill Otley (2 episodes, 2006)
 DS Alun Simms (2 episodes, 2006)
 DCS Mitchell (2 episodes, 2006)
 DI Traynor (2 episodes, 2006)
 DS Cox (2 episodes, 2006)
Laura Doddington ...
 DC Wood (2 episodes, 2006)
Heshima Thompson ...
 Curtis Flynn (2 episodes, 2006)
Carolyn Pickles ...
 Pauline (2 episodes, 2006)
Amandla Crichlow ...
 Gloria (2 episodes, 2006)
Maxine Barton ...
 Sallie Sturdy (2 episodes, 2006)
 Lester Bishop (2 episodes, 2006)
 Melanie (2 episodes, 2006)
Tim Preece ...
 AA Speaker (2 episodes, 2006)
David Keyes ...
 AA Speaker (2 episodes, 2006)
 AA Speaker (2 episodes, 2006)
Helen Griffin ...
 AA Speaker (2 episodes, 2006)


Helen Mirren returns for the final time as Jane Tennison in the long-awaited Prime Suspect 7. Retirement looms for Detective Superintendent Tennison, but as her career draws to a close, the body of a missing schoolgirl is found, and the hunt for her killer begins. However, as Jane and her colleagues work to identify their prime suspect, the emotional fallout from the murder begins to take its toll on the battle-scarred detective. As the investigation gets underway, Jane is not only dealing with the imminent death of her father, but also an addiction to alcohol which she is desperately trying to keep hidden. There are plenty of twists and turns as Jane confronts her toughest challenge yet: herself, as the popular award-winning series reaches its devastating finale. Written by Paul McCluskey

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This episode was dedicated to the memory of Tom Bell (Bill Otley) 1933-2006, who died two weeks before this final TV appearance was screened. See more »


In this episode, Jane's only sister is named Pauline, yet in all the other episodes - when mentioned - her name is Pam (and played by Jessica Turner). See more »


Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: You got kids?
DI Traynor: Yeah, two girls.
Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: Never lie to them. They always know when you're lying.
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Follows Prime Suspect (1991) See more »

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Goodbye to a great character
17 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's retirement time for Jane Tennison, but she has one more case to solve in "Prime Suspect: The Final Act" starring Helen Mirren as Tennison. The question is, can Tennison stay in control long enough to find the murderer of a missing girl? You really wonder as she deals with what has become blatant alcoholism, the death of her father, and the consequences of her choices in life.

Only Helen Mirren could have created the fully fleshed out, human character of Jane Tennison. Mirren is one of the greatest actresses of our time, perhaps of any time. And like a lot of English actresses, and though she's capable of great glamor, Mirren is not afraid of harsh lights, aging, and a few lines on the face. Her Jane is worn out and looks it. In working her last case, Jane comes up against the tragedy of losing her father, her uneasy relationship with her sister and niece, her retirement, and the bottle. In her loneliness and remembrance of a life with possibilities, she bonds with young Penny (Laura Greenwood), a troubled friend of the murdered girl - though the girl's father becomes a suspect.

I admit I had a problem understanding a lot of the dialogue in this - the British go in for that natural sound replete with background noise, heavy accents, and no body mikes. Also, this was a particularly noisy episode as nearly all the dead girl's mother did was scream at the top of her lungs, and she wasn't alone. Nevertheless, Mirren's performance cut across any problems I may have had. As Penny, Laura Greenwood, who resembles the American actress Amber Tamblyn, gave a truly marvelous performance. Doubtless we'll be seeing her in more British imports to come.

As part of the Masterpiece Theatre presentation, Mirren gave an interview about the role of Jane, and how she had been counseled by a police woman never to cry except in private, never to fold her arms across her body, and to touch people (a display of power). She stated that she stopped doing "Prime Suspect" for a time lest she be too closely identified with the role of Jane and cease being Helen Mirren, actress. As if she could ever be anything else.

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