Prime Suspect 7 Seasons 2006

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Season 7
(169) IMDb 8.5/10

1. The Final Act, Part 1 TV-NR CC

In the final series, Detective Superintendent Tennison is pushing 60 and facing the death of her father. Alcohol, loneliness, and the job have taken their toll, but she is determined to end her exemplary career by solving one more case: the brutal murder of schoolgirl Sallie Sturdy. Weeks away from retirement and struggling to stay afloat, Tennison forms an emotional bond with Sallie's closest friend, Penny Philips, and unwittingly puts the teenager's life in danger. Guest stars include Frank Finlay (The Pianist), Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Brassed Off), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliot), and Eve Best (Nurse Jackie).

Helen Mirren, Stephen Tompkinson
1 hour, 37 minutes
Original air date:
October 15, 2006

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Director Philip Martin
Starring Helen Mirren, Stephen Tompkinson
Supporting actors Laura Greenwood, Eve Best, Gary Lewis, Katy Murphy, Frank Finlay, Tom Bell, Robert Pugh, Brendan Coyle, Robbie Gee, Russell Mabey, Laura Doddington, Heshima Thompson, Carolyn Pickles, Maxine Barton, Amandla Crichlow, Sharon Maharaj, Clive Hayward, Ricky Nixon
Season year 2006
Network Acorn Media
Producers Andrew Benson, Rebecca Eaton, Andy Harries, Claudine Sturdy
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Customer Reviews

Excellent series and acting.
Even though she was a flawed person, she was real and did her job well.
Linda Lander
As always very complex plot with twists and turns.
Katherine Eberhardt

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Format: DVD
"Masterpiece Theater" has long been a benchmark in bringing quality British TV to American viewers. With a prestigious history, some legendary programs--including "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "I, Claudius"--have found acclaim, awards, and international audiences. Of late, "Masterpiece Theater" has been showcasing some ambitious literary adaptations with mixed results. Last season's high point, and a must for any lover of film, was the flawless adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House." A triumph in every regard, and featuring Emmy nominated turns by Charles Dance and Gillian Anderson, this program should be essential viewing for those that value literate, classy and wildly entertaining TV. This season's offerings have included "To The Ends Of The Earth" (an adaptation of William Golding's seafaring trilogy--'Rites Of Passage,' 'Close Quarters' and 'Fire Down Below'), a robust new version of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre," a reimagining of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," and the swan song of Helen Mirren's Jane Tennison in "Prime Suspect 7-The Final Act."

Unlike most entries in the "Masterpiece Theater" library this year, "Prime Suspect 7" is not a literary adaptation of a classic work. Instead, it is the final installment of the wonderful "Prime Suspect" series which began 15 years ago. In 1992, audiences were introduced to Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison who was the only woman in a London homicide squad. Passed over for promotion due to her gender, her big break came when another DCI suffered a heart attack. Stepping up as the leader of the squad, she encountered disdain and ridicule from the men of the unit--but through the years has garnered a grudging respect due to her investigative skills.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2007
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"Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act" finds Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) a 35-year veteran of the police force, weeks away from retirement, and struggling to keep her head above water as she solves her last case. The hysterical parents of 14-year-old Sallie Sturdy keep the pressure on to find their daughter's killer, as Tennison's alcoholism threatens to consume her personal and professional being. Tennison finds both an outlet for maternal instincts and a reminder of her own youth in Sallie's friend Penny Phillips (Laura Greenwood), who may know more than she is telling abut the crime. Penny's father and school headmaster (Stephen Tompkinson) and the girls' thuggish friend Curtis Flynn (Heshima Thompson) both have suspect connections to Sallie and suspect alibis. With no one, including Tennison, in full possession of his or her senses, this case careens toward its conclusion.

Without Helen Mirren's reticence and force of personality, this final episode of "Prime Suspect" would be pure melodrama. Many of the characters are so overwrought that I would expect to find them heavily medicated or institutionalized. "Prime Suspect" always included melodrama, but these performances are so hysterical that they undermine the show's gritty realism. I fault director Philip Martin for that. Helen Mirren's sharpness and deliberation prevent Jane Tennison from becoming a similar caricature. She grabs the audience's sympathies, even as Tennison's behavior is sometimes alienating. As a window on the weight that decades of grim work have placed on Jane Tennison's shoulders, "The Final Act" succeeds admirably. In other respects, this episode is flawed.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Julian G. on June 10, 2007
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The best Prime Suspect was definitely saved for last. In Prime Suspect 6, Jane Tennison rose to an entirely new level as she fought insubordination and calls to retire, while solving a complex international murder. In Prime Suspect 7, Jane Tennison faces new challenges, but most of these challenges come from within, as she struggles with alcoholism and the death of her father, all while trying to solve her most challenging case yet. The drama and suspense of Prime Suspect 7 is as great as we have seen in the past, but what makes this Prime Suspect the best yet is the extraordinary depth of Jane Tennison. Helen Mirren delivers yet another brilliant and masterful performance in the role that has defined her career.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2012
Helen Mirren has given a bravura performance in the finale of 'Prime Suspect'. She has won accolades for the series, but this one is her best.

Devoid of make-up, hair askew , DS Jane Tennison reaches the depth of despair. She is drinking so much she has blackouts and cannot remember the nights before. She has entered the final stage of her career before retirement, and the final stages of alcoholism. Will one or both of them drag her down? She goes to AA and sees her old protagonist, DI Otley, the cop who went bad, played by James Bell. This is his finest performance, and they strike up a friendship. Otley becomes her mentor in AA. Jane's father becomes quite ill and dies. Old family wounds reopen, and Jane falls further down the alcohol hole. The case she is involved with is very complex, a young woman, 14, is murdered. Many people are considered suspects,and Jane is at her best and her worst.

Jane is retiring and she has no idea what will fill her life. Her life has been her job, and now that is gone. We can only surmise what will come. I would like to think Jane continues with AA and meets a man who fulfills her needs and she lives happily ever after.
Is there a happy ending for Jane Tennison, who knows, but she deserves one.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 09-04-12

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