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Prime Suspect 2 

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Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison's (Dame Helen Mirren's) investigation of a murder is complicated with the unexpected participation of her secret lover in her detective unit.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
Helen Mirren ...  DCI Jane Tennison 2 episodes, 1992
Colin Salmon ...  DS Robert Oswalde 2 episodes, 1992
John Benfield ...  D Supt Michael Kernan 2 episodes, 1992
Jack Ellis ...  DI Tony Muddyman 2 episodes, 1992
Craig Fairbrass ...  DI Frank Burkin 2 episodes, 1992
Richard Hawley Richard Hawley ...  DS Richard Haskons 2 episodes, 1992
Philip Wright Philip Wright ...  DC Lillie 2 episodes, 1992
Ian Fitzgibbon Ian Fitzgibbon ...  DC Jones 2 episodes, 1992
Andrew Tiernan ...  DC Rosper 2 episodes, 1992
Lloyd McGuire ...  Sgt Calder 2 episodes, 1992
Stephen Boxer ...  DCI Thorndike 2 episodes, 1992
Claire Benedict ...  Esme Allen 2 episodes, 1992
George Harris ...  Vernon Allen 2 episodes, 1992
Fraser James ...  Tony Allen 2 episodes, 1992
Ashley James Ashley James ...  Cleo Allen 2 episodes, 1992
Junior Laniyan Junior Laniyan ...  David Allen 2 episodes, 1992
Jenny Jules ...  Sarah Allen 2 episodes, 1992
Josephine Melville ...  Esta 2 episodes, 1992
Tom Watson Tom Watson ...  David Harvey 2 episodes, 1992
Cynthia Powell Cynthia Powell ...  Silver Haired Lady 2 episodes, 1992
June Watson ...  Eileen Reynolds 2 episodes, 1992
Matt Bardock Matt Bardock ...  Jason Reynolds 2 episodes, 1992
Nina Sosanya ...  Joanne Fagunwa 2 episodes, 1992
Anna Lorimer Anna Lorimer ...  Sandra 2 episodes, 1992
Stefan Kalipha ...  Jonathan Phelps 2 episodes, 1992


Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Dame Helen Mirren) now deals with a racially-charged murder. The long-dead body of a young black woman is discovered in a district recently convulsed by police brutality and which now is in the midst of a highly-charged political campaign. Her investigation is hampered by the hostility of the local populace, and the clumsy methods of some of her subordinates and irresponsible journalists make things worse. Can she solve the case before a race riot breaks out? Her job is further complicated when a former lover is assigned to her command as a subordinate. Written by Reid Gagle

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In a 2006 interview, Dame Helen Mirren stated that "what did shock me profoundly was we had a storyline, where a house had been bought and they're re-modelling the garden and they find a dead body and then they find another one. And in my mind I was going - that's a little bit, you know, that's pushing it a bit - and then very shortly after that the Rosemary and Fred West case came about and I thought - my god. My god. Not only was it realistic. The real world went so much further." See more »


When Burkin is questioning a band member at a studio in relation to Nadine, the music starts despite the fact that bassist hasn't finished talking to Burkin, the bass can be clearly heard. See more »


DCI Jane Tennison: This investigation is turning into a graveyard!
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Followed by Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act (2006) See more »

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A must-see movie, a great mistery involving a great policewoman.
25 July 2002 | by marius_nicolescuSee all my reviews

DCI Jane Tennisson finds herself having a bit awkward case involving a body in decomposion for over 3 years. It is supposed to be a black girl living in the neighbourhood where she lived, abused by a white man. The story reveals some rasisim from the british policeman regarding the black neighbourhood. Also DCI Tennison finds herself with an affair with one of her colleague-detectives, who is also black. Hellen Mirren does a great job acting in the second part of this mini-series.

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Release Date:

15 December 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Prime Suspect 2 See more »

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Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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(4 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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