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The Lost Child - Directed by Shakespeare in Love's John Madden. In the usual Prime Suspect twist, Jane has just had an abortion and on her return she is assigned a child abduction case. The Prime Suspect is a man that physically abused his stepdaughter, Chris Hughes (Robert Glenister) but his current girlfriend has given him a solid alibi. When the baby is found dead in a sluice, Jane puts the investigation into overdrive. But when an overzealous police officer shows Hughes' girlfriend a therapy tape, she recants her alibi. This sends the team after the wrong man.
Inner Circles - After a pair of intruders are caught, the owners dead body is found. When the local DCI is "otherwise engaged," Jane is brought in and she is more interested in who did it than keeping the peace of the quiet town. The country club inner circle wants the murder to be charged on the intruders but the facts do not support this. In fact, the victim had financial problems and was involved in a notorious counsel land deal. When Jane figures it out, the killer himself has been murdered. Now she has to prove who was behind it all.
The Scent of Darkness - A woman's body is found and everything points the killer to be Marlowe. But Marlowe is in jail (see Prime Suspect 1). Now Jane has to figure out who is the copycat killer. And is there an additional motive behind the killing.Read more ›
Warning: there are no extras whatsoever in this DVD set (which is why I give it four instead of five stars) -- no commentary, no language/subtitles options, no additional features re: the making or the people involved in the making of, nothing. Just three excellent Jane Tennyson stories.
And yes, Jane is still having some issues with smoking.
"The Lost Child": This is probably the most intense and disturbing. A child is apparently abducted and events conspire to finger a man who had a past record of sexually abusing a child...but did he kidnap this baby? (special warning: there is a scene in which this character is shown in a therapy session discussing his fixation on a young child that some people might find extremely tough to watch) The story ends with a real bang...an extraordinarily tense hostage situation.
"Inner Circles": The former manager of a posh country club is found brutally murdered. The upscale denizens of the club are eager to see the crime blamed on juvenile delinquents from a poor housing estate. Yet Tennison senses that the killers are from somewhere else. This episode features one of the most ice cold villains in the series (right up with George Marlow from the first --the pleasant sociopath).
"Scent of Darkness": This was the one that I didn't think was as strong as the first two (but certainly worthwhile entertainment). A series of killings hauntingly similar to the ones George Marlow committed in PSI are taking place. People are beginning to doubt that Marlow was the real killer. Can Tennison find the truth?
If you are looking for cozy British mysteries where murder comes across as a sort of game, Prime Suspect is not for you. But if you are looking for some very tense and realistic police dramas, this is well-worth watching.
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Helen Mirren... 'nuff said there. Great series and this lives up to the rest of them! Though I wasn't as enthralled with the multiple story lines, I adored it.Published 13 months ago by Danyealle
The Prime Suspect Series is a brutal but engrossing portrayal of British crime with the vulnerable but undefeatable Helen Mirren and a captivating cast.Published 17 months ago by William Hendricks
The story line was engaging and the acting extremely good. My only negative comment on this series would be about the value which I calculate at cost per minute of program. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by K. M.
I cannot stand commercial TV these days. I guess the operative word is "commercial." Stacking 6 to 9 ads every 13 minutes has driven me over the wall. What to do? Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by woolbull
These detectives dont wear sunglasses and comb their hair under the coastal beach sun. We watch as detectives bicker eachother about who has the facts right in a quest to bring... Read morePublished on August 1, 2010 by desertrose1294
I'm on my second go-round with this series, having enjoyed all the seasons several years ago. Watching them again is like revisiting old friends. Read morePublished on February 4, 2010 by Hikari