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Prime Suspect - Complete Collection DVD

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The complete collection of the outstanding ITV drama Prime Suspect. Helen Mirren stars as the hard-bitten chain-smoking Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in this award-winning cop drama series. As well tackling gritty cases involving serial killers rapists child abuse and prostitution Tennison has to deal with her own personal battles including her marriage breakdown and alcoholism. But her main on-going battle is with the Met itself and trying to forge a career for herself in a tough male-dominated profession. Episodes Comprise: Prime Suspect 1 (1991): When DCI Jane Tennison (Mirren) takes over the running of what appears to be an open and shut murder case her investigations lead her into a male dominated world and the hunt for a serial killer. Prime Suspect 2 (1992): DCI Tennison begins an investigation into the death of a young girl whose body is found in the back garden of a house in London. Prime Suspect 3 (1993): Chief Inspector Jane Tennison investigates the discovery of a male prostitute's charred body in the burnt-out flat of a transsexual... Prime Suspect 4 - Inner Circles (1995): Detective Superintendent Tennison investigates the mysterious death of a local country club manager and is led to a hidden political scandal... Prime Suspect 4 - Scent Of Darkness (1995) A series of brutal sex murders disturbingly similar to the pattern of Tennison's first major case leads to the awful suggestion that she may have caught the wrong man... Prime Suspect 4 - The Lost Child (1995): Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison's return to London's Southampton Row is complicated by personal upheaval and an investigation into the disappearance of a child... Prime Suspect 5 - Errors Of Judgement (1996): Detective Superintendent Jane Tennison has been transferred to Manchester and finds herself in a world she does not know surrounded by people she cannot trust and invloved with a man she cannot have. Her latest case is destined only to make things worse... Prime Suspect 6 - Last Witness (2003): Tennison is back in London heading a large murder squad dealing with numerous cases. She's facing the prospect of early retirement and has ambitious underlings snapping at her heels. When the body of a young Bosnian woman is found with evidence of torture Tennison takes personal charge of the case. Her investigation leads her to one possibly two Serbian war criminals eager to silence the last witness to a massacre a decade before. Prime Suspect 7 (2006): Retirement loom large for Detective Inspector Tennison but as her exemplary career draws towards its inevitable conclusion Jane is paying dearly for 35 years of repressed rage and loneliness. When the body of a missing schoolgirl is discovered the hunt for her killer begins. However as Jane and her team struggle to track down the brutal child murderer the world-weary Detective Tennison begins to unravel.

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  • Prime Suspect - Complete Collection [1991]
    Barnaby Walter

    Author and screenwriter Lynda La Plante has created and written some of the best dramas to come out of ITV in the past 20 years. In my opinion, Prime Suspect is right there at the top. Not just on top of La Plante"s many well written series, mysteries and characters, but at the top with the best television dramas ever to be made. Of course, Ms La Plante cannot get all the credit for the phenomenal success of this series. Much praise must be given to Dame Helen Mirren, who made the character of Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison so believable, and acted her with the highest degree of acting talent, that we began to appreciate Tennison as a real person. This may sound slightly strange, but the same goes for Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, David Suchet as Poirot and John Thaw as Inspector Morse. These great actors become their character completely. In this rather stylishly packaged boxset, we get the entire series from 1991 to 2006 featuring (as the box boasts) 15 episodes. Although this may not seem much for a "complete collection" set (considering many American shows have 24 episodes in just one series), it does show that less is more, and by keeping the series to the occasional two-parter ITV avoided diluting the quality. The final few episodes are a co-production between ITV and American corporation WGBH Boston (who also produced Cranford, Bleak House and Lewis). The only criticism I would have with this must own box of truly excellent drama is ITV DVD"s decision to join the two part stories together to make one feature-length episode. This joining results in some episodes reaching a running time of over three hours, which, although top quality throughout, is quite a big ask in terms of sitting down and watching.

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