DCI Jane Tennison has paid her dues; she has risen through the ranks of the various branches of London Metropolitan Police, attaining the heretofore unheard rank (for women) of Detective Chief Inspector. But, it is not until the heart attack and death of the popular DCI John Sheffield that Jane gets to lead a murder investigation. She expects bad attitudes and "good ole boy" bravado from colleagues (and superiors) but she is determined to do her job. In her first hour on the case, Jane demonstrates how DCI Sheffield misidentified the murder victim and this enrages her new team; one accuses her of attacking the reputation of their dead comrade. A few of the "boys" try to sabotage their new team leader, but eventually, by doing her job and brooking no nonsense, Jane earns grudging respect from some of her officers. Like the murder inquiry, DCI Tennison is neither as simple nor as obvious as her detractors wish to think.
Did You Know?
41 minutes in, Helen Mirren's character objects to being referred to as "ma'am" because she's "not the bloody queen." 15 years later, she would go on to portray the queen. See more
When Tennison's father is blowing out the candles on his birthday cake, a crew member can be seen reflected in the mirror behind him. See more
Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill
and Patty S. Hill
Performed by John Forgeham See more