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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12 November 2006 (USA)  »

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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 »


When Curtis is threatening Jane outside the hospital, his method of holding the pistol changes back and forth between shots. When seen over her shoulder, he's holding it using the standard grip, but when seen from the side, he's holding it sideways. See more »


Det. Supt. Jane Tennison: [asking for a DNA test] Mr. Sturdy, unless you give us a sample, I'm afraid we're going to have to arrest you.
Tony Sturdy: [Spits in her face] There's your sample!
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Follows Prime Suspect: Inner Circles (1995) See more »

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Best Police Drama I Have Seen
7 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having just finished watching all 7 chapters on DVD I must say this is the best drama of any kind I have seen. Overall it was so good I will miss watching it ! I have seen a great deal of Dame Helen Mirren's work and have enjoyed and marveled at her versatility and choice of roles. In the Prime Suspect character of Jane Tennison she has out done herself in my humble opinion. The stories touch on so many realms of police drama and were excellent stories in themselves. What I enjoyed most was the complexity of the character of Jane Tennison throughout the entire series. She was brilliant yet flawed, focused yet distracted, driven yet not particularly ambitious. She had a job to do and she did it very well despite roadblocks put up at every turn within the department, society or political higher ups. Unlike many a series in the US, the Final Act was I thought a great finish to a great series. Yes I would love to know where retirement led her. It is hard to see Jane Tennison spending her final years relaxing on the beach somewhere. It did though answer questions from earlier on and showed what a great toll her drive and dedication took on her personal life. I know some have said the conclusion did not live up to the standards of some of the earlier chapters. I have to disagree. I thought the story line itself was good and a very fitting retirement for an extraordinary character who could only have been played by Helen Mirren. For anyone who watched the Soprano's for so long to see how they chose to end it they will understand why I thought Prime Suspect was excellent not just chapters 1-6 but 1-7 ! Too bad Hollywood can't come up with something as original and gritty as Prime Suspect and follow it through instead of just doing knock offs of other programs ! The closest we have come was the 5 seasons of The Wire and it was a job well done for American TV. No single character will ever touch Jane Tennison though ! Although without the outstanding cast, writers,producers and everyone else involved It wouldn't have been the same either. Congratulations to one and all for a job very well done !

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