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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Supt. Jane Tennison
... Susan Covington
... Chris Hughes
... Anne Sutherland
Tracy Keating ... Carolyn Norwood
Richard Hawley ... DI Richard Haskons
... DI Tony Muddyman
David Phelan ... DC Pride
... Doctor
... DCS Kernan
... DS McColl
... DC Aplin
Chris Brailsford ... DC Westbrook
Mossie Smith ... WPC Maureen Havers
Caroline Selby ... Alison Sutherland
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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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Dr. Patrick Schofield: [to Tennison] Your finger is on a trigger. This kind of emotional stress could drive him back to established behavior.
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Robert Glenister's portrait of child abuser Chris Hughes
4 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

After having seen The Lost Child for quite a number of times since its release in 1995, and having read the reader's comments (mostly about Jane Tennison's background and Helen Mirren's superb role in it), it strikes me more than ever that no comments are made upon the brilliant role Robert Glenister is playing as Chris Hughes. Even after 10 years it is still one of the most credible ways of portraying the complex personality of a child abuser, carrying the weight of his own past.Watching the episode for the full one and a half hour makes you constantly switch between feelings of love and hate for this guy, in which the hate prevails because of the gravity of his actions. I have seen more brilliant roles of my favorite actor, but this one never fails to make the largest impression possible to me. Helen Mirren would never shine without these wonderful actors next to her. Praise for Robert Glenister!


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