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Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement 

Detective Tennison investigates a seemingly straightforward drug murder that she believes is linked to a smugly smooth crime boss.




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Complete series cast summary:
Helen Mirren ...  Jane Tennison 2 episodes, 1996
Ray Emmet Brown ...  Michael Johns 2 episodes, 1996
John Brobbey John Brobbey ...  DC Henry Adeliyeka 2 episodes, 1996
Julia Lane ...  DI Devanney 2 episodes, 1996
Steven Mackintosh ...  The Street 2 episodes, 1996
John McArdle ...  DCS Ballinger 2 episodes, 1996
David O'Hara ...  DS Rankine 2 episodes, 1996
Joe Jacobs Joe Jacobs ...  Campbell Lafferty 2 episodes, 1996
David Norman David Norman ...  Tony Rice 2 episodes, 1996
Martin Ronan Martin Ronan ...  DS Pardy 2 episodes, 1996
Tony Audenshaw Tony Audenshaw ...  DC Growse 2 episodes, 1996
Anne Hornby Anne Hornby ...  DC Skinner 2 episodes, 1996
Gabrielle Reidy Gabrielle Reidy ...  Noreen Lafferty 2 episodes, 1996
Marsha Thomason ...  Janice Lafferty 2 episodes, 1996
Joe Speare Joe Speare ...  Radio 2 episodes, 1996
Paul Oldham Paul Oldham ...  Toots 2 episodes, 1996
Chris Bisson ...  Nazir 2 episodes, 1996
Sarah Jones Sarah Jones ...  Deborah 2 episodes, 1996
Steve Money Steve Money ...  Desk Sergeant 2 episodes, 1996
Paul Warriner Paul Warriner ...  Paramedic 2 episodes, 1996
Ravin J. Ganatra Ravin J. Ganatra ...  Mooz 2 episodes, 1996
Badi Uzzaman ...  Mr. Ahmed 2 episodes, 1996
Paul Simpson Paul Simpson ...  Outboard 2 episodes, 1996
Emma Longbottom Emma Longbottom ...  Girl With Child 2 episodes, 1996
Stuart Wolfenden ...  Cheeky Reporter 2 episodes, 1996
Andy Devine Andy Devine ...  Gravefaced Reporter 2 episodes, 1996
Julian Kerridge Julian Kerridge ...  Young Doctor 2 episodes, 1996
Adam Evans Adam Evans ...  Photographer 2 episodes, 1996
David Webber ...  Rector 2 episodes, 1996
Vanessa Knox-Mawer Vanessa Knox-Mawer ...  Louise Ballinger 2 episodes, 1996
Glyn Dilley ...  Soco Officer 2 episodes, 1996
David Kangas David Kangas ...  Pocklington 2 episodes, 1996


Tennison on a new beat investigates the killing of a drug runner, with the runner's employer, "The Street," as her prime suspect. Meanwhile, The Street is conducting his own investigation into the killing, with the help of his team of hoodlums and his vicious Rottweilers. And as Tennison rankles that her subordinates accuse her of sleeping her way to the top, she begins an affair with her married supervisor. Written by Bil Boozer <bilboozer@gsu.edu>

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Release Date:

9 February 1997 (USA) See more »

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Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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1.33 : 1
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CPS is short for Crown Prosecution Service. See more »


The Street: Now, I didn't actually hear you read me rights, Did I miss that? Am I under arrest?
Superintendent Jane Tennison: No, if you want me to leave just say so. I wont actually go but I know saying so will make you feel like a big boy.
The Street: Just because you don't come Jane, don't take it out on me.
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Comes Close to outshining PS1
15 October 2001 | by i_eat_coathangersSee all my reviews

Prime Suspect 5 is as close as I have seen to outshining the original (though truth be known I have not see 2 or 3). The first thing we notice about PS5 is that Jane Tennison has a new hairdo, and has been moved to a different area (she's there to terrorise those men at Manchester now), and there is a line in the beginning of the film that captures the mood of the station perfectly:

"That bloody Jane Tennison, she'll be storming into your nic, the balls of your best officers trailing from her jaws, spraying people with claret, calling people masons, threatening resignation. Well I just wanted to let you know I'm not a complete maniac." And this line is said by Tennison herself!!!

Jane Tennison's investigations lead her this time into the world of organised crime and drugs, when she goes after a man known as "the street". What makes this miniseries so interesting is that it keeps you gripped until the very last frame, especially when you find out the person who is leaking information to the bad guys is ****************** (thought I was going to tell you didn't you?)

Twists and turns in the plot, an excellent storyline and excellent performances on every part (though Mirren seems to make them all fade into the background with her superior acting ability - I'm a biased member of the HMAS, and I'm the biggest fan of Helen Mirren to ever be, especially because I'm 15!!).

Thankyou, Helen, Thankyou, Lynda LaPlante, and thankyou, channel seven (for actually showing the series - prime suspect is scarcely available on video to buy or hire over here in Oz) - but I'm still waiting for 2 & 3!!!! .....you fink whateva you want babyluv, whateva tickle ya fancey, whateva lift ya dress......

9 out of 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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