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Prime Suspect 

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A female police detective investigates a series of serial murders while dealing with sexist hostility from her male comrades.
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1991  
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Complete series cast summary:
Helen Mirren ...  DCI Jane Tennison 2 episodes, 1991
Tom Bell ...  DS Bill Otley 2 episodes, 1991
John Benfield ...  DCS Michael Kernan 2 episodes, 1991
Jack Ellis ...  DI Tony Muddyman 2 episodes, 1991
Craig Fairbrass ...  D.I. Frank Burkin 2 episodes, 1991
Mossie Smith Mossie Smith ...  WPC Maureen Havers 2 episodes, 1991
Ian Fitzgibbon Ian Fitzgibbon ...  DC Jones 2 episodes, 1991
John Bowe ...  George Marlow 2 episodes, 1991
Andrew Tiernan ...  DC Rosper 2 episodes, 1991
Philip Wright Philip Wright ...  DC Lillie 2 episodes, 1991
Zoë Wanamaker ...  Moyra Henson 2 episodes, 1991
Richard Hawley Richard Hawley ...  DC Richard Haskons 2 episodes, 1991
Mark Spalding ...  DC Oakhill 2 episodes, 1991
Tom Wilkinson ...  Peter Rawlins 2 episodes, 1991
Jeremy Warder Jeremy Warder ...  Joey 2 episodes, 1991
Andy Abrahams Andy Abrahams ...  Tilly 2 episodes, 1991
Gareth Tudor Price Gareth Tudor Price ...  Willy Chang 2 episodes, 1991
Jessica Turner ...  Pam 2 episodes, 1991
Angela Bruce ...  Helen Masters 2 episodes, 1991
James Snell James Snell ...  Arnold Upcher 2 episodes, 1991
Michael Fleming Michael Fleming ...  Major Howard 2 episodes, 1991
Daphne Neville Daphne Neville ...  Mrs. Howard 2 episodes, 1991
Ralph Fiennes ...  Michael 2 episodes, 1991
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Storyline

Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Dame Helen Mirren) has been passed over time and again to lead a murder investigation, so when one of her fellow DCIs has a heart attack just before he's ready to charge their prime suspect, Jane sees her chance to lead a murder investigation. But the murder squad she takes over is hostile to her, the men upstairs are eager to pull the plug on her investigation, her personal relationships suffer from her obsession with work, and the prime suspect remains elusive. Jane has her work cut out for her as she and her team work their way through computer data trails, legwork, intuitive leaps, chases, arrests, and confessions to find the killer. Written by Kathy Li

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A U.S. television series called Prime Suspect (2011) starring Maria Bello was based on this series. See more »

Quotes

DCI Jane Tennison: Did you also do a hairdressing course?
Moyra Henson: No.
DCI Jane Tennison: So you're not a hairdresser?
Moyra Henson: No. But I once had a Siamese cat.
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Connections

Referenced in Women's Murder Club: Blind Dates and Bleeding Hearts (2007) See more »

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Dame Helen!
31 August 2014 | by kikkapi20See all my reviews

I absolutely love this show, the word brilliant doesn't even properly give it justice. As usual the UK has produced and delivered a series that puts to shame anything that American television has to offer. Helen Mirren is ranked one of the world's best actors-and for good reason. The stories are superb "who dun nits" with outstanding writing and acting all the way around. In addition to being a great crime solving drama, "Prime Suspect" succeeds as a character study of a middle-aged, professional woman who has sacrificed much of her personal life to rise among the ranks of the police force. In a typically understated British fashion, Prime Suspect delivers excellent performances by an edgy, raucous cast of "old boy's club" cops and a steely-eyed, ambitious female Detective Chief Inspector (DCI), Tennison.


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Official Sites:

PBS/Masterpiece Theatre

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mobil Masterpiece Theatre: Prime Suspect See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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(2 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33:1 and 1.78:1
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