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Prime Suspect is a dramatic television series starring Helen Mirren. Mirren plays Jane Tennison, a tough Detective working in London. She is one of the few females on the force and she is known for her strength and no-nonsense approach to solving crimes. Detective Tennison must work hard to prove herself to her male colleagues and she is constantly forced to deal with sexist comments and attitudes. She must do all this while solving some of the grisliest crimes in England.

Detective Tennisons colleagues are so opposed to having a woman in charge that they try and get her replaced the first time she has to lead an investigation. Detective Tennison prevails and she ends up solving the rape and murder of a young woman. Of course, in Detective Tennisons world, things are never easy. The suspect in the young womans murder is arrested and placed in prison and eventually murders begin to occur in the jail. Tennison must try and solve those as well.

London is a melting pot of a city and sometimes racial tensions and attitudes are problems that Tennison has to consider while solving a murder. One day a body is found in African neighborhood and many people that Tennison deals with want to jump to conclusions involving the case. She must navigate the neighborhoods racial tension very carefully if she wants to solve the case.

Tennison gathers so much positive attention for her work that she is transferred into the vice division of the police department. There, she begins to see a truly seedy side of the world as she has to investigate a child prostitution ring. She must also solve the murder of a child who has been sexually abused. She discovers a child molester who has left prison, remarried, and tried to put his crimes behind him. Detective Tennison has to find out if he has really changed or if he is still connected to the criminal world. She also finds herself involved in political scandals, gang murders, and drug dealing all the while proving herself as a top-notch detective.

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Acorn Media
7 Seasons, 15 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
Crime
9/10
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  • 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).

  • 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).

  • In Series 6, Tennison is being pressured to retire by her male colleagues. Instead, she takes on a high-profile case, the torture and murder of a young Bosnian refugee. When her prime suspect turns out to be a "minor" was criminal, Tennison meets resistance from her superiors, struggles with ambitious underlings, and uncovers buried secrets. Her career now at risk, she realizes she has little else left in her life and everything to fight for. Guest stars include Ben Miles (Coupling, The Forsyte Saga), Robert Pugh (Master and Commander), Clare Holman (Lewis), Frank Finlay (The Pianist), and Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Syriana).

  • In Series 6, Tennison is being pressured to retire by her male colleagues. Instead, she takes on a high-profile case, the torture and murder of a young Bosnian refugee. When her prime suspect turns out to be a "minor" war criminal, Tennison meets resistance from her superiors, struggles with ambitious underlings, and uncovers buried secrets. Her career now at risk, she realizes she has little else left in her life and everything to fight for. Guest stars include Ben Miles (Coupling, The Forsyte Saga), Robert Pugh (Master and Commander), Clare Holman (Lewis), Frank Finlay (The Pianist), and Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes, Syriana).

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