Prime Suspect 7 Seasons 1991

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Season 1
(329) IMDb 7.9/10

2. Part 2 TV-NR CC

In the opening series, D.C.I. Tennison seizes the opportunity to head a murder investigation--something she should have done long ago, had she not been passed over by her male superiors time and again. With a suspect already identified and her own team openly hostile, she uncovers errors and conflicting facts that point to a cover-up within the force. Is this a single murder or the latest act of a serial killer? Tennison refuses to back off the investigation. Guest stars include Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, In the Bedroom), Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler's List), and Zoe Wanamaker (Poirot).

Starring:
Helen Mirren, Tom Bell
Runtime:
1 hour 45 minutes
Original air date:
April 14, 1991

Part 2

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Christopher Menaul
Starring Helen Mirren, Tom Bell
Supporting actors John Benfield, Gary Whelan, Jack Ellis, Craig Fairbrass, Mossie Smith, Ian Fitzgibbon, Philip Wright, Andrew Tiernan, Richard Hawley, Mark Spalding, Tom Bowles, Seamus O'Neill, Marcus Romer, John Bowe, Zoë Wanamaker, Maxine Audley, Tom Wilkinson, Jeremy Warder
Season year 1991
Network Acorn Media
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

A very intelligent, nuanced drama with lots of interesting characters.
Mary Beth J. Hilburn
I think they did an excellent job with this series, it changed the police department's attitude towards women in Britain.
Amazon Customer
Again the stories are very well written and all of the acting in the series, is very, very good.
Lana Kay Jones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 16, 2011
In, "PRIME SUSPECT" Helen Mirren makes the show as Tennison. Obsessed, work-driven, feminist attitude, course, in-your-face drive, believable. Most is man-like rather than the occasional romantic portion which does exist. She's a drinker, and almost never smiles. The cases may not always end to your satisfaction--just like real life crimes and punishment. But you will be on the edge of your seat while you watch. "Prime Suspect" is compelling viewing, ruthless in the detail, definitely not for children and the squeamish, blatantly course visually and in dialogue, but oh, so realistic.
Police drama was changed forever by Helen Mirren's as Jane Tennison.

1-Brutal murders, & DCI Tennison gets promoted to head of the murder investigation team after the present leader dies. She takes on a botched investigation, a slippery suspect, a home-front relationship, and proves to have more than what it takes, even being a woman, to male surprise. Loads of blood, mutilated bodies, bare chests (including star Zoe Wanamaker), graphic scenes and language. It's unrated-but be warned. Introduces the woman-at-the-head cop.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Schneider on June 9, 2013
Having recently discovered the excellence of such American TV series as The Wire, or Sopranos, I was keen to have a look at one of the first such series, the English one called Prime Suspect, with the fabulous Helen Mirren. Finally I managed to watch series 1 of 1991, not without misgivings: can it have aged well, would it not be dated and antique?
No, it is still as fresh as if it had been done recently. Some things have changed of course. The star looks like 40, not like the queen. And her female cop Jane Tennison struggles against male ignorance among her colleagues on an unimaginable level. No current show would dare to depict men as such stupid idiots.
The 200 minutes of the first series are not broken up in hourly or 45 minutes dosages, but come in just two installments. The plot focuses on just one case. It is a whodunnit, but it is also a procedural and a character study and a social study. Tennison is ambitious, selfish, vain, smart, and we see how she has to be better than her male colleagues in order to get things done. Mirren is outrageously good. If I can I will watch the other seasons too.
If I have to find fault with something: the mood switch among her colleagues, from rejection of her leadership to total support, comes too suddenly out of nowhere. The process could have been shown more convincingly. I think the series The Closer with Keira Sedgwick handled that same motive much better.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Nat Kat on December 7, 2013
This review is for the whole series ... the first episodes are enjoyable if you like British Police Procedurals. There is a sub-plot of the lone female detective in the "boys club" of the police department ... but after a few episodes the series itself seems vaguely sexist in a creepy way. EVERY murder was some sort of lurid sex-crime rape. EVERY victim in EVERY show is a female who is brutally raped and murdered. I quit watching after the repetition of the rape/murder plot wore thin. This series might have been good if they let Tennison solve different types of murders ... male victims ... money ... blackmail ... drug running ... a little variety might have saved this series. As it is ... it was like watching the same show over and over again ... oh ... another female victim? Let me guess ... she's been brutally raped, tortured, and murdered, right? One show like this I can understand ... but a whole series? Creepy ... and not in a good way.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Donaldson VINE VOICE on May 3, 2013
I see so many raving reviews of this series that I had to watch it. This is exactly the type of show my wife and I like to watch, almost exclusively. I normally screen the shows before I suggest we watch them together. I knew from the first season that she wouldn't enjoy Prime Suspect. It is sometimes true that shows I know she won't like will be okay for me, so I watch them alone. But I had to give up after season five.

I do agree with others that the acting is good and the locations and sets are well done too. But I have other issues that have me rating this three stars, and I was tempted to rate it two stars.

First, and most importantly for me, was the constant bickering amongst the members of the police force. It was throughout the series and never let up. To me it shows a lack of leadership and maturity of the lead character Jane Tennison, and also of her bosses. There were several times when I wanted to shout at the TV for her to get smart and bring the team along and into alignment with her, rather than yelling and taking sides without explaining why she felt so strongly about her convictions concerning a case. It just didn't seem wise or real to me.

Second was almost every season her boss threatened to, or actually did, pull her off a case. This just got old season after season.

Third I felt that 3 hours, in come cases, devoted to a single crime was simply too long to bear. That length promotes what my wife and I call "filler" to stretch out a weak story. In this case the stories may not be weak but making them so long made them seem weak.

So, contrary to almost every other reviewer, I had to file my comments even though they are far outside the mainstream of reviews.
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