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Prime Suspect: The Lost Child (1995)

Superintendent Jane Tennison (Dame Helen Mirren) orchestrates a search for an abducted baby, but events take a turn for the worst when personal emotions cause complications.


John Madden


Paul Billing
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Supt. Jane Tennison
Beatie Edney ... Susan Covington
Robert Glenister ... Chris Hughes
Lesley Sharp ... Anne Sutherland
Tracy Keating Tracy Keating ... Carolyn Norwood
Richard Hawley Richard Hawley ... DI Richard Haskons
Jack Ellis ... DI Tony Muddyman
David Phelan David Phelan ... DC Pride
Graham Seed ... Doctor
John Benfield ... DCS Kernan
Tony Rohr ... DS McColl
Mark Bazeley ... DC Aplin
Chris Brailsford ... DC Westbrook
Mossie Smith Mossie Smith ... WPC Maureen Havers
Caroline Selby Caroline Selby ... Alison Sutherland


Jane Tennison's (Dame Helen Mirren's) promotion to Superintendent turns out to put her in charge of an investigation and search for an abducted baby. She gets more involved in it than she intended considering that she just had an abortion. However, she turns out to be the one of most cool-headed of her team when the prime suspect seems to be a man who was a child molester recently released from a clinic. As people start to investigate him, emotions get in the way and terrible mistakes are made that seem beyond Superintendent Tennison's ability to correct. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Chris Hughes: [On a taped interview] There's no trust like a child's. It's a perfect, perfect thing.
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16 January 2001 | by eddie-83See all my reviews

As the superb `Prime Suspect' series reaches part four there is no loss of momentum at all, this in itself a considerable achievement.' Prime Suspect IV: The Lost Child' has the solid supporting cast that we take for granted in these British dramas but of course the beautiful Helen Mirren easily dominates; our eyes never leave her while she's on-screen.

The search for the lost child of the title leads Superintendent Jane Tennison's CID team to a prime suspect who turns out to be a convicted pedophile now living with a single mother and her two young daughters. The insight we are given into the workings of his mind is one of the emotional highlights of this mini-series but it may be too strong for many stomachs.

The action sequences are brilliantly handled with the hand-held camera thrusting us right into the middle of the excitement and there's gripping tension during the climactic siege.

Altogether this is another magnificent police procedural drama.

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22 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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