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.
A life of crime begins.
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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