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Prime Suspect 1973 

Prime Suspect 1973 tells the story of 22-year-old Jane Tennison's first days in the police force, in which she endured flagrant sexism before being thrown in at the deep end with a murder enquiry.
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Series cast summary:
Stefanie Martini ...  Jane Tennison 6 episodes, 2017
Sam Reid ...  DI Len Bradfield 6 episodes, 2017
Blake Harrison ...  DS Spencer Gibbs 6 episodes, 2017
Alun Armstrong ...  Clifford Bentley 6 episodes, 2017
Andrew Brooke ...  Sergeant Harris 6 episodes, 2017
Daniel Ezra ...  DC Ashton 6 episodes, 2017
Jessica Gunning ...  Kath Morgan 6 episodes, 2017
Joshua Hill ...  DC Edwards 6 episodes, 2017
Jordan Long ...  DS Paul Lawrence 6 episodes, 2017
Tommy McDonnell Tommy McDonnell ...  DC Hudson 6 episodes, 2017
Ruth Sheen ...  Renee Bentley 6 episodes, 2017
Lex Shrapnel ...  John Bentley 5 episodes, 2017
Jay Taylor Jay Taylor ...  David Bentley 6 episodes, 2017
Scott Mullins ...  CID 6 episodes, 2017
Charles Walters Charles Walters ...  DC Regan 3 episodes, 2017
Nicholas Sidi ...  Andrew Tennison 5 episodes, 2017
Geraldine Somerville ...  Joyce Tennison 5 episodes, 2017
Nick Nevern ...  Danny Mitcham 5 episodes, 2017
Anthony Skordi ...  Silas Manatos / ... 5 episodes, 2017
Rosie Day ...  Pam Tennison 4 episodes, 2017
Clive De-Halton Gibson ...  PC / ... 1 episode, 2017
Attila G. Kerekes Attila G. Kerekes ...  PC 08 / ... 1 episode, 2017
Nancy Carroll Nancy Carroll ...  Mary Collins 4 episodes, 2017
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ...  George Collins 3 episodes, 2017
Mick Wigfall Mick Wigfall ...  Mick Barker / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Ian Beattie ...  Dr. Martin 2 episodes, 2017
Thomas Coombes ...  Dwayne Clarke 2 episodes, 2017
Jacob James Beswick Jacob James Beswick ...  Eddie Phillips 3 episodes, 2017
Dorian Lough ...  Clay Whiteley 3 episodes, 2017
Charlotte Palmer Charlotte Palmer ...  Hebe 3 episodes, 2017
Samuel Adewunmi ...  Billy Myers 2 episodes, 2017
Franc Ashman Franc Ashman ...  Teresa O'Duncie 2 episodes, 2017
Joanna Bacon ...  Nancy Phillips 2 episodes, 2017
Neil Hancock Neil Hancock ...  Ashley Brennan 2 episodes, 2017
Andrew Lawden ...  Chief Prison Officer 1 episode, 2017
Nneka Okoye Nneka Okoye ...  Paula 2 episodes, 2017
Aaron Pierre ...  Terrence O'Duncie 2 episodes, 2017
Liam Smith Liam Smith ...  Mikey 2 episodes, 2017
Jodie Tyack ...  Flowers 2 episodes, 2017


Prime Suspect 1973 tells the story of 22-year-old Jane Tennison's first days in the police force, in which she endured flagrant sexism before being thrown in at the deep end with a murder enquiry.

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A life of crime begins.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Despite strong ratings (averaging 6 million viewers) and generally positive reviews, ITV have announced that the show will not be returning for a second series. It is thought that failure to reach an agreement with Lynda La Plante, the creator of the Jane Tennison character, played a significant role in the decision. See more »


The plot summary tells that Jane Tennison is 22 years old in 1973, which would make her 55 in 2006, Helen Mirren's last appearance in 'Prime Suspect 7-The Final Act'-this is five years past the mandatory retirement age. Exceptions can be made in certain cases, but these apply only to more senior ranks than hers (Det. Supt). Furthermore, in 'The Final Act', Tennison tells Penny Philips that she joined the Met. as a 17-year-old probationer. She would have spent some time at Hendon, but hardly five years. See more »


Follows Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement (1996) See more »

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Best viewed as a standalone, rather than a prequel.
11 July 2018 | by kitellis-98121See all my reviews

As a standalone six-part drama I would have given this show eight stars without hesitation, as it was generally very good. But since it is using the Prime Suspect brand name to draw a larger audience (the book upon which it is based was simply called Tennison) I expected better, so it lost a star.

On its own merits it is a high-quality piece of television, with excellent cinematography and mostly excellent performances. The writing is somewhat pedestrian, as is the direction, but not enough to annoy. The art-direction is superb, with strong attention to period detail, but as usual with modern dramas set in the 1970's it proved impossible for the hair and makeup departments to make the actors look as hideous as people really did during that era.

In terms of story it was somewhat unoriginal, borrowing heavily from well known historical events, and that lost the drama some of its edge - especially since a major plot point was dramatized far better in a 2008 heist movie starring Jason Statham.

After getting off to a highly promising start, the series meandered a little in the middle, but found its feet in time to make a strong finish that would have set up an ongoing series quite nicely, but is nevertheless neatly wrapped-up without any aggravating loose ends - a good thing since it wasn't picked-up for a second series.

As a prequel to Prime Suspect, it sets up that series quite well, albeit unnecessarily, but as part of that brand it doesn't compare very favourably. In terms of writing especially it lacks the depth and punch of the original work, and in all other ways it just feels less special.

It came as no surprise to discover that the original author, Lynda LaPlante, walked away from this series due to creative differences with its producers, which is why it didn't go further. I imagine that if she'd been allowed more creative control this show could have been as great as its predecessor. It is best viewed as a standalone, and as such is well worth a watch.

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25 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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London, England, UK

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