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Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act: :  -- In the final series, Detective Superintendent Tennison is pushing 60 and facing the death of her father. Alcohol, loneliness, and the job have taken their toll, but she is determined to end her exemplary career by solving one more case: the brutal murder of schoolgirl Sallie Sturdy. Weeks away from retirement and struggling to stay afloat, Tennison forms an emotional bond with Sallie's closest friend, Penny Philips, and unwittingly puts the teenager's life in danger.     Guest stars include Frank Finlay (The Pianist), Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Brassed Off), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot), and Eve Best (Nurse Jackie).


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Release Date:
12 November 2006 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary »
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 10 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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A memorable and heart-breaking conclusion to one of the best crime series ever See more (18 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 23 of 42)

Helen Mirren ... Det. Supt. Jane Tennison (2 episodes, 2006)

Stephen Tompkinson ... Sean Philips (2 episodes, 2006)
Laura Greenwood ... Penny Philips (2 episodes, 2006)

Eve Best ... Linda Philips (2 episodes, 2006)

Gary Lewis ... Tony Sturdy (2 episodes, 2006)
Katy Murphy ... Ruth Sturdy (2 episodes, 2006)

Frank Finlay ... Arnold Tennison (2 episodes, 2006)

Tom Bell ... Bill Otley (2 episodes, 2006)

Robert Pugh ... DS Alun Simms (2 episodes, 2006)

Brendan Coyle ... DCS Mitchell (2 episodes, 2006)

Robbie Gee ... DI Traynor (2 episodes, 2006)

Russell Mabey ... 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)

Ricky Nixon ... Lester Bishop (2 episodes, 2006)

Ellie Kendrick ... Melanie (2 episodes, 2006)
Tim Preece ... AA Speaker (2 episodes, 2006)
David Keyes ... AA Speaker (2 episodes, 2006)

Alex Blake ... AA Speaker (2 episodes, 2006)
Helen Griffin ... AA Speaker (2 episodes, 2006)

Series Directed by
Philip Martin (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Frank Deasy (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Andrew Benson .... producer (unknown episodes)
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH (unknown episodes)
Andy Harries .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Claudine Sturdy .... line producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Nicholas Hooper (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Julian Court (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Trevor Waite (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Doreen Jones (unknown episodes)
Liz Vincent-Fernie (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Candida Otton (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Joanna Eatwell (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Deanne Turner .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Karen Z.M. Turner .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Isabelle Webley .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Jane Coombes .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Iain Smith .... unit manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angus Finlayson .... additional third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Paul Judges .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Alex Kaye-Besley .... additional third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Anna Kemp .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Lisa Marsh .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Grace Brook .... stand-by art director (unknown episodes)
Bill Brown .... dressing props (unknown episodes)
Danny Clements .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Douglas Glen .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Charlie Johnson .... property master (unknown episodes)
Mark Quigley .... dressing props (unknown episodes)
Amanda Smith .... production buyer (unknown episodes)
Lucy Spofforth .... art department assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Chris Ashworth .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
James Dandridge .... sound maintenance engineer (unknown episodes)
Nick Gillett .... sound assistant (unknown episodes)
Paul Hamblin .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Steve Hancock .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Graham Headicar .... dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
Becki Ponting .... dialogue editor / dubbing editor (unknown episodes)
Jonathan Rimas .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Alexandros Sidiropoulos .... foley & adr recordist / foley and adr recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Charlie Bluett .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Hugh Goodbody .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
David Holt .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Robin Beard .... digital effects artist (unknown episodes)
Victoria Layson .... graphics (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Andreas Petrides .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Astin .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Sean Connor .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Dave Gray .... stand-by rigger (unknown episodes)
J.P. Judge .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Jay Kemp .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Dirk Nel .... camera operator: second unit (unknown episodes)
James Nesbitt .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Micky Patten .... grip (unknown episodes)
Oliver Schofield .... camera operator: second unit (unknown episodes)
Hilda Sealy .... focus puller: second camera (unknown episodes)
Chris Williams .... clapper loader / second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katherine Fanthorpe .... costume assistant (unknown episodes)
Fiona MacKinnon .... costume assistant (unknown episodes)
Joanna Macklin .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Nina Bradley .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
William Chetwynd .... conform editor (unknown episodes)
Tareq Kubaisi .... colorist (unknown episodes)
Shane Warden .... on-line editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Bradley Farmer .... assistant to orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Daryl Griffith .... orchestrator (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Mark Beeton .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Julie Burnell .... production executive (unknown episodes)
Jenny Frayn .... script editor (unknown episodes)
James Harrison-Griffiths .... police advisor (unknown episodes)
Samantha-Jane Hunt .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Elliot Jenkins .... production secretary (unknown episodes)
Stefan Kaday .... production runner (unknown episodes)
Marigo Kehoe .... head of production (unknown episodes)
Jen Lambert .... unit nurse (unknown episodes)
Will Nash .... runner (unknown episodes)
Holly Palin .... publicist (unknown episodes)
Ian Pollington .... location manager / location unit manager (unknown episodes)
Ben Rogers .... floor runner (unknown episodes)
Natalie Rogers .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Caroline Sanders .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Marinella Setti .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Nigel Venables .... facilities driver (unknown episodes)
Alex Wells .... publicist (unknown episodes)
Charlotte Wright .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Prime Suspect: The Final Act" - UK (original title)
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182 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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:Don't call me ma'am - I'm not the bloody queen!See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A memorable and heart-breaking conclusion to one of the best crime series ever, 19 March 2008
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA

2007 Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries, and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act is as dynamic, brilliantly written, directed, paced, and acted as the rest of the series that started in 1991. The Final Act is filled with the unexpected plot turns and introduces interesting complex characters. Prime Suspect 7 was dedicated to the memory of Tom Bell (Otley) who returned as Sergeant Bill Otley and who died two weeks before the episode was screened. As in all Prime Suspects, Helen Mirren owns the screen as Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison working on her last case before retirement. This time, Jane investigates the missing of a 14-year-old girl while struggling with her alcoholism and coping with her father's death from incurable cancer. She dedicated all her life, talent, energy, and heart to her work where she had proved to be the best but the price she paid is incredibly high. The Final Act introduces a young actress Laura Greenwood (born in 1991) as 14 years old Penny. The scenes she shares with Mirren are "nothing short of phenomenal," according to David Bianculli of the New York Daily News, and I hope that her following roles will be as impressive as her first work next to one of the greatest modern actresses.


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