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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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1991  
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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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Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Dame Helen Mirren) 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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Trivia

Lynda La Plante made this mini-series after watching reality-television crime shows. After calling Scotland Yard and learning that there were only four female DCIs, she interviewed one of them (Jackie Malton), who impressed her so much that La Plante decided to base the plot on Malton's experiences during her career. See more »

Quotes

DCI Jane Tennison: Did you also do a hairdressing course?
Moyra Henson: No.
DCI Jane Tennison: So you're not a hairdresser?
Moyra Henson: No. But I once had a Siamese cat.
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Followed by Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness (2003) 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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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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Granada Television See more »
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(2 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33:1 and 1.78:1
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