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Prime Suspect: The Lost Child (1995)

Supt. Tennison orchestrates a search for an abducted baby, but events take a turn for the worst when personal emotions cause complications.

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John Madden

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Paul Billing
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Cast

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 Chris Brailsford ... DC Westbrook
Mossie Smith Mossie Smith ... WPC Maureen Havers
Caroline Selby Caroline Selby ... Alison Sutherland
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Storyline

Jane Tennison'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 Supt. Tennison's ability to correct. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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PBS/Masterpiece Theatre

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Epäilyksen polttopiste: Kadonnut lapsi See more »

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Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Anne Sutherland: What is it with you people? You see a single mother, and as far as you're concerned, we're all screwed up and useless. We're disaster areas!
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Follows Prime Suspect 2 (1992) See more »

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shorter movies work well
25 November 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) has been newly promoted to Superintendent. She has a short unknown hospitalization. The first case is an abducted baby. Somebody knocked Susan Covington unconscious and stole her baby Vicki. Chris Hughes becomes the prime suspect but Anne Sutherland provides him with an alibi. The case hits home for Tennison. Mistakes by subordinates puts Anne and her family in danger.

The Prime Suspect episodes get shortened from its four hour TV running time in half. It's much more of a TV police procedural and it works better as such. It doesn't feel stretched out. Helen Mirren is great as usual. There is less filler which results in a higher intensity although the final twist is easily foreseen.


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