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 Prime Suspect: Series 1

 

  Review by Suzanne 8/17/11

This show was very successful and went on for a long time. It's not so much a TV series as a series of movies. This first one is from 1991. There were 7 different movies, and the last one was in 2006.  Helen Mirren starred in all of them as Jane Tennison.  The show also received many awards and critical acclaim. Here in the U.S., it aired on PBS.

I knew I would enjoy the series because I have seen parts of it on PBS.  Mirren is a great actress and has gone on to huge success and admiration in movies. It was great to get this first series.  Jane becomes the first female head of a murder investigation.  It was really shocking to see such blatant sexism portrayed in a "modern" TV show. 1991 was not that long ago. I hope things have improved.

Of course, Jane proves herself in this first series, and her co-workers come around to respecting her, but I'm told that she has to keep fighting against sexism the whole series. I know there is still sexism, even here in the U.S. today, so it's great that someone is showing that.  TV tends to gloss over such things.

This is a great crime drama. A serial killer has been torturing and killing young girls. They get the suspect early on, but proving it is the problem they have, along with finding more bodies. You will definitely enjoy this "series" or movie.

You may notice Ralph Fiennes in a small role. Tom Wilkinson, who is a hugely successful movie actor now, plays Jane's husband.  The DVD set has no features or extras. Still, I will definitely have to buy the rest of the DVD's of this show!

More info:

Coinciding with NBC’s remake, Acorn Media is releasing PRIME SUSPECT, SERIES 1 in an individual season set on August 23rd, with guest stars Ralph Fiennes and Tom Wilkinson. Starring Oscar® winner Helen Mirren in her iconic, Emmy-winning television role, the original series aired on PBS to universal acclaim with more than 20 major international awards, including seven Emmys® ("Outstanding Miniseries" and "Outstanding Actress"), eight BAFTAs, and a Peabody. The new American version starring Maria Bello premieres on September 22, 2011 on NBC.

Helen Mirren in PRIME SUSPECT, SERIES 1 On DVD August 23, 2011

The first series of the Emmy®-winning police drama is now available in an individual set; Guest stars include Tom Wilkinson and Ralph Fiennes; NBC remake premieres September 2011

"Superlative" -Entertainment Weekly

"Powerful" -The New York Times "A masterpiece" -USA Today

"Riveting" -The Boston Globe

"Brilliant" -Los Angeles Times

"One of the great character creations of our time" -The Washington Post

"A perfect marriage of astoundingly talented actress and brilliantly conceived character" -USA Today

"Perhaps the greatest role and performance of a female police detective, ever" -San Francisco Chronicle

Silver Spring, MD - Starring Oscar® and Emmy® winner Helen Mirren in her iconic and groundbreaking television role, Prime Suspect, Series 1 arrives to DVD from Acorn Media on August 23, 2011. Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) delivers a riveting performance as Detective Jane Tennison in this revolutionary police drama broadcast on PBS to universal acclaim and more than 20 major international awards, including seven Emmys® ("Outstanding Miniseries" and "Outstanding Actress"), eight BAFTAs, and a Peabody. The ITV series aired for seven series (1991-93, 1995-96, 2003, and 2006). A new American version starring Maria Bello (A History of Violence) premieres on September 22, 2011 on NBC. Series 1 finds the skilled Tennison grappling with her first major murder investigation, determined to prove herself worthy of her male colleagues' respect ($24.99, www.AcornOnline.com). Acorn Media previously released Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection in September 2010 (DVD 9-vol. boxed set, $124.99) and will simultaneously release Series 2 in an individual season set on August 23, 2011 ($24.99).

Seen on Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! from the 1990s to the present and created by crime writer Lynda La Plante (Trial & Retribution, The Commander), Prime Suspect featured some of Britain's biggest stars, including Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) and Zoë Wanamaker (Poirot) in Series 1.

Tenacious, driven, and deeply flawed, Tennison rises through the ranks of Britain's Metropolitan Police, solving horrific crimes while battling office sexism and her own demons. "Rare is the drama that works so well on two levels: as a crackling whodunit and as a finely tuned character study of a strong but insecure woman trying to prove herself in a man's world" (Time).

In the opening series, DCI 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.

Street: Aug. 23, 2011 SRP: $24.99

DVD Single: Approx. 207 min. - 4:3 full screen - British mystery - SDH subtitles

Contains coarse language and graphic content

Prime Suspect is distributed by ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment; one of the world's leading international TV distribution, home-entertainment and merchandising & licensing businesses. 

Check out NBC's Prime Suspect premiering Thursday, September 22 at 10/9c. Mario Bello plays detective Jane Timoney, and you can give your readers a closer look at the hardcore homicide police officer.
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