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Prime Suspect ()


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Season: 1 Year: 1991

A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.

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  DCI Jane Tennison (2 episodes, 1991)
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  DS Bill Otley (2 episodes, 1991)
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  DCS Michael Kernan (2 episodes, 1991)
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  DI Tony Muddyman (2 episodes, 1991)
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  D.I. Frank Burkin (2 episodes, 1991)
Mossie Smith ...
  WPC Maureen Havers (2 episodes, 1991)
Ian Fitzgibbon ...
  DC Jones (2 episodes, 1991)
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  George Marlow (2 episodes, 1991)
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  DC Rosper (2 episodes, 1991)
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  DC Lillie (2 episodes, 1991)
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  Moyra Henson (2 episodes, 1991)
Richard Hawley ...
  DC Richard Haskons (2 episodes, 1991)
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  DC Oakhill (2 episodes, 1991)
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  Peter Rawlins (2 episodes, 1991)
Jeremy Warder ...
  Joey (2 episodes, 1991)
Andrew Abrahams ...
  Tilly (2 episodes, 1991)
Gareth Tudor Price ...
  Willy Chang (2 episodes, 1991)
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  Pam (2 episodes, 1991)
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  Helen Masters (2 episodes, 1991)
James Snell ...
  Arnold Upcher (2 episodes, 1991)
Michael Fleming ...
  Major Howard (2 episodes, 1991)
Daphne Neville ...
  Mrs. Howard (2 episodes, 1991)
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  Michael (2 episodes, 1991)
Julie Sumnall ...
  Karen / ... (2 episodes, 1991)
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  DS Terry Amson (1 episode, 1991)
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  DCI John Shefford (1 episode, 1991)
Dave Bond ...
  DS Eastel (1 episode, 1991)
Tom Bowles ...
  DC Avison (1 episode, 1991)
Seamus O'Neill ...
  DC Caplan (1 episode, 1991)
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  Cmdr. Trayner (1 episode, 1991)
Marcus Romer ...
  DI Caldicott (1 episode, 1991)
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  Felix Norman (1 episode, 1991)
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  Mrs. Marlow (1 episode, 1991)
Fionnuala Ellwood ...
  Joyce (1 episode, 1991)
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  Linda (1 episode, 1991)
Maria Mescki ...
  Lab Assistant (1 episode, 1991)
Rod Arthur ...
  Sgt. Tomlins (1 episode, 1991)
Martin Reeve ...
  Lab Assistant (1 episode, 1991)
Rosy Clayton ...
  Carol (1 episode, 1991)
John Ireland ...
  Lab Assistant (1 episode, 1991)
Phil Hearne ...
  Painter (1 episode, 1991)
Francesca Ryan ...
  Marianne (1 episode, 1991)
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  Mr. Shrapnel (1 episode, 1991)
Doug Fisher ...
  Edward Harvey (1 episode, 1991)
Moya Ruskin ...
  Annette Frisby (1 episode, 1991)
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  Biker (1 episode, 1991)
Ian Hastings ...
  Reg McKinney (1 episode, 1991)
Wilfred Harrison ...
  Mr. Tennison (1 episode, 1991)
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  Mrs. Tennison (1 episode, 1991)
Owen Aaronovitch ...
  Tony (1 episode, 1991)

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Mobil Masterpiece Theatre: Prime Suspect (United States)
  • Suspect numéro 1 (France)
  • Heißer Verdacht (Germany)
  • Principal sospechoso (Spain)
  • Principal sospechoso: Un precio a pagar (Spain)
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  • 207 min
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Trivia Lynda La Plante made this film after watching reality-TV 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in 100 Greatest TV Characters (2001). See more »
Quotes DCI Jane Tennison: So what do you think?
DI Frank Burkin: About what, sir?
DCI Jane Tennison: My voice suddenly got lower, has it? Maybe my knickers are too tight. Listen, I like to be called Governor or The Boss. I don't like Ma'am - I'm not the bloody Queen. So take your pick.
DI Frank Burkin: Yes Ma'am.
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