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Prime Suspect 

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A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.
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Complete series cast summary:
Helen Mirren ...  DCI Jane Tennison 2 episodes, 1991
Tom Bell ...  DS Bill Otley 2 episodes, 1991
John Benfield ...  DCS Michael Kernan 2 episodes, 1991
Jack Ellis ...  DI Tony Muddyman 2 episodes, 1991
Craig Fairbrass ...  D.I. Frank Burkin 2 episodes, 1991
Mossie Smith Mossie Smith ...  WPC Maureen Havers 2 episodes, 1991
Ian Fitzgibbon Ian Fitzgibbon ...  DC Jones 2 episodes, 1991
John Bowe ...  George Marlow 2 episodes, 1991
Andrew Tiernan ...  DC Rosper 2 episodes, 1991
Philip Wright Philip Wright ...  DC Lillie 2 episodes, 1991
Zoë Wanamaker ...  Moyra Henson 2 episodes, 1991
Richard Hawley Richard Hawley ...  DC Richard Haskons 2 episodes, 1991
Mark Spalding ...  DC Oakhill 2 episodes, 1991
Tom Wilkinson ...  Peter Rawlins 2 episodes, 1991
Jeremy Warder Jeremy Warder ...  Joey 2 episodes, 1991
Andy Abrahams Andy Abrahams ...  Tilly 2 episodes, 1991
Gareth Tudor Price Gareth Tudor Price ...  Willy Chang 2 episodes, 1991
Jessica Turner ...  Pam 2 episodes, 1991
Angela Bruce ...  Helen Masters 2 episodes, 1991
James Snell James Snell ...  Arnold Upcher 2 episodes, 1991
Michael Fleming Michael Fleming ...  Major Howard 2 episodes, 1991
Daphne Neville Daphne Neville ...  Mrs. Howard 2 episodes, 1991
Ralph Fiennes ...  Michael 2 episodes, 1991
Julie Sumnall Julie Sumnall ...  Karen / ... 2 episodes, 1991
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Storyline

DCI Jane Tennison has been passed over time and again to lead a murder investigation, so when one of her fellow DCIs has a heart attack just before he's ready to charge their prime suspect, Jane sees her chance to lead a murder investigation. But the murder squad she takes over is hostile to her, the men upstairs are eager to pull the plug on her investigation, her personal relationships suffer from her obsession with work, and the prime suspect remains elusive. Jane has her work cut out for her as she and her team work their way through computer data trails, legwork, intuitive leaps, chases, arrests, and confessions to find the killer. Written by Kathy Li

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Official Sites:

PBS/Masterpiece Theatre

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mobil Masterpiece Theatre: Prime Suspect See more »

Filming Locations:

Liverpool, England, UK See more »

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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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(2 parts)

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33:1 and 1.78:1
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Trivia

On the documentary following the second half of Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006), Helen Mirren notes that Jackie Malton and her colleagues gave the first "Prime Suspect" a standing ovation because they felt it was the first time the police had been accurately portrayed on television. See more »

Quotes

George Marlow: This is a mess, isn't it?
DCI Jane Tennison: [Nods her head]
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Connections

Followed by Prime Suspect: The Lost Child (1995) See more »

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As perfect as they come.
25 August 2000 | by miniwidgeSee all my reviews

This is far above the average cop series, let alone a made-for-TV cop series. Helen Mirren is, as always, outstanding as Tennyson. The rest of the series is as good as the first, which is, in itself, rare. Usually, sequels or continuations of a series try to follow the same general plot and characterizations and fail because of their lack of originality. Prime Suspect is riviting from the first to the last.

One extra note...did anyone watching it recently notice that the original victim's boyfriend was played by Ralph Fiennes? Shows that quality breeds quality.


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