Reviewed byGalinaVote: 10/10/10
Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) is in charge ofthe investigation to uncover a serial killer who rapes, tortures, andbrutally murders prostitutes in London. Tennison is put in charge afterone of her fellow DCIs has a heart attack and dies. She inherits themurder case and soon comes across the connected second murder. Iftrying to solve not one but two rape-murder cases is not enough, Jane'swork is complicated by the hostility of her staff. The members of themale-dominated police department feel humiliated and have problemsfollowing the orders of the female boss, no matter how intelligent,tough, organized, and fit for the position she is. Tennison's obsessionwith the cases and fighting for credibility and respect from hercolleagues don't help to her relationship with the boyfriend PeterRawlins (Tom Wilkinson), either. Helen Mirren is superb as DCI Tennisonplaying the character that is sympathetic, tough, vulnerable, bright,very clever, and sexy - all at the same time. Mirren was voted thesexiest 60+ star in the world few months ago. I think she's been alwaysincredibly attractive and desirable - and always will be. Shedefinitely lit the screen at 46, in her first season of "Prime Suspect"(1991). Creator of the show, Lynda La Plante wrote the story that ranksamong the best police procedures and it is terrific - complex, dynamic,with unexpected turns, and interesting multidimensional characters.Ralph Fiennes played one of his first roles as a boyfriend of amurdered girl and he was memorable in a very emotional scene oppositeMirren. I look forward for more DVDs with the rest of the seasonscoming from Netflix.
Reviewed byloth-2Vote: 10/10/10
A common problem with great British series is that as time passes, ratherthan become better they lose their steam or atypicality. By the time PrimeSuspect 4 came about, but for the rare scene it had become virtuallyidentical to a common copper flick.
The first series, concerning the serial killings attributed to GeorgeMarlow(With accomplices), is the most complex and riveting, more so than evenCracker's first series. I have seen the episodes through their completionon several rotations and am still finding subtle aspects of character andplot. Helen is integral and can portray a paradoxical human in everyepisode consistently. Almost as integral is Marlow who can just aboutconvince you that he's innocent -- but not quite, not in the rightway.
In the Prime Suspect world, everything is politics. La Plante examines theseperate realms of politics and how they interact; this is what makes upmost of the running time and all of my interest. Physical details and cluetables are pushed to the side to examine one person's brain, how it reactsto the world, and how the world reacts to it. Politics, Jane, that's whatit's all about.
Reviewed byisoldevansteijnVote: 10/10/10
Helen Mirren portraits the female DCI with dignity, courage and flair.She ís Jane Tennisson and every episode of this brilliant British crimeseries is worth more then any other series ever made before or evermade since. Mirren gets into the character from the very start and sheslowly builds a genuine person of flesh and blood, that moves theviewer, because we understand her anger, her enthusiasm, herfrustrations. There is an American Prime Suspect series now, but Idon't want to watch it, because it can never be anywhere near as goodas the original and that is solely due to Helen Mirren. This can neverbe topped. That goes for all the episodes.
DCI Jane Tennison has been passed over time and again to lead a murder investigation, so when one of her fellow DCIs has a heart attack just before he's ready to charge their prime suspect, Jane sees her chance to lead a murder investigation. But the murder squad she takes over is hostile to her, the men upstairs are eager to pull the plug on her investigation, her personal relationships suffer from her obsession with work, and the prime suspect remains elusive. Jane has her work cut out for her as she and her team work their way through computer data trails, legwork, intuitive leaps, chases, arrests, and confessions to find the killer.