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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)
Philip Wright ...
  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)
Andy 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)
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  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)
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  Edward Harvey (1 episode, 1991)
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  Annette Frisby (1 episode, 1991)
Malcolm Freeman ...
  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

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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Also Known As
  • Mobil Masterpiece Theatre: Prime Suspect (United States)
  • Suspect numéro 1 (France)
  • Heißer Verdacht (Germany)
  • Principal sospechoso (Spain)
  • Una mujer de acero (Spain)
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  • 207 min
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Trivia In the documentary following the second half of Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006), Dame 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 »
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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