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List of Prime Suspect (U.K. TV series) episodes

The following is a list of episodes of the British police procedural television drama series Prime Suspect, which stars Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison, one of the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in Greater London's Metropolitan Police Service, as she rises to rank of Detective Superintendent whilst confronting the institutionalised sexism that exists within her job.

Contents

Series overviewEdit

Series Episodes Originally aired Ave. UK viewers
(millions)
First aired Last aired
1 2 7 April 1991 (1991-04-07) 8 April 1991 (1991-04-08) 14.02
2 2 15 December 1992 (1992-12-15) 16 December 1992 (1992-12-16) 14.35
3 2 19 December 1993 (1993-12-19) 20 December 1993 (1993-12-20) 14.15
4 3 30 April 1995 (1995-04-30) 15 May 1995 (1995-05-15) 12.73
5 2 20 October 1996 (1996-10-20) 21 October 1996 (1996-10-21) 14.52
6 2 9 November 2003 (2003-11-09) 10 November 2003 (2003-11-10) 10.19
7 2 15 October 2006 (2006-10-15) 22 October 2006 (2006-10-22) 8.21

Series 1 (1991)Edit

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)[1]
Original airdate
1 "Prime Suspect: Part 1" Lynda La Plante Christopher Menaul 13.93 7 April 1991 (1991-04-07)
Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) is a Detective Chief Inspector assigned to Southampton Row Police Station in Central London. She is repeatedly passed over for major cases but, following the death of a Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Shefford, she is given the opportunity to take over his investigation which involves the brutal murder of a young girl. The girl's body has been badly mutilated, and her hands have been tied behind her back. Forensic evidence puts a suspect in the frame.
2 "Prime Suspect: Part 2" Lynda La Plante Christopher Menaul 14.11 8 April 1991 (1991-04-08)[2]
As further bodies are found, the investigation becomes a hunt for a serial killer. Jane's personal life suffers as she tries to solve the case and win the respect and approval of her male colleagues, including DS Bill Otley (Tom Bell). She later earns the respect of her team by locating and arresting George Marlow (John Bowe).

CastEdit

AwardsEdit

  • BAFTA TV Award: Best TV Actress, Helen Mirren (co-star Zoe Wanamaker was also nominated in this category.)
  • BAFTA TV Award: Best Drama Serial, Christopher Menaul, Lynda La Plante, Don Leaver
  • BAFTA TV Award: Best Film or Video Editor, Edward Mansell
  • BAFTA TV Award: Best Film or Video Photography, Ken Morgan

Series 2 (1992)Edit

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)[1]
Original airdate
1 "Prime Suspect II: Part 1" Allan Cubbitt John Strickland 14.27 15 December 1992 (1992-12-15)
When a body is found in the backyard of a home in an Afro-Caribbean neighborhood of London, DCI Tennison has to tread carefully in her investigation because of the racial tension surrounding unsolved crimes in the region. Jane also worries about her recent affair with DS Bob Oswald (Colin Salmon) when he is assigned to the case. A suspect confesses, but Jane and Bob have doubts.
2 "Prime Suspect II: Part 2" Alan Cubbitt John Strickland 14.43 16 December 1992 (1992-12-16)
The team receive a confession from their prime suspect, but both Jane and Bob believe that the murderer is still at large. However, the case is thrown into jeopardy when their affair is disclosed in the media, and it threatens to endanger Tennison's position as senior investigating officer.

CastEdit

AwardsEdit

  • BAFTA TV Award: Best TV Actress, Helen Mirren
  • Emmy Award: Outstanding Miniseries, Sally Head, Paul Marcus
  • Emmy Award nomination: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special, Helen Mirren

Series 3 (1993)Edit

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)[1]
Original airdate
1 "Prime Suspect III: Part 1" Lynda La Plante David Drury 14.27 19 December 1993 (1993-12-19)
After being passed over for Detective Superintendent and giving notice, Jane briefly reunites with a very old flame who is now a famous crime writer. But, again, Jane breaks off the relationship and she accepts a new job as DCI in Metro Vice. Jane has new bosses who think she can be micromanaged. Jane reunites with former nemesis, DS Otley, and other old comrades, but Jane finds she is no longer the enemy. The Incident Room is full of humour and raucous moments... but is it business as usual? The former DCI, Lyall, was apparent scapegoat when a new mandate, Operation Contract, did not yield the desired arrests. The supposed objective, clearing the streets of rent boys and other youthful offenders, is said to be the number one priority. Jane senses disturbing undercurrents; she learns there is a mole within Metro Police. Jane, Otley and other officers investigate the murder of a 17-year-old rent boy, Colin 'Connie' Jenkins, which Jane sees as a normal, logical extension of their duties.
2 "Prime Suspect III: Part 2" Lynda La Plante David Drury 14.03 20 December 1993 (1993-12-20)
DCI Tennison and her team gather more information about rent boys which leads to the existence of a possible paedophile ring. DI Ray Hebdon seems to know about gay bars, drag queens and transsexuals and he is teased; Ray calmly announces he is gay. DI Brian Dalton seems to take Ray's news personally; perhaps, his HIV scare (from the infected rent boy biting his hand) is too much for him to bear. Dalton and Jane travel to see young men previously victimized by an Edward Jones. Jane also speaks with DCI Lyall. Meanwhile, Ray manages to 'drag' a few of his colleagues into the posh Bowery Club. The vicious procurer, Jimmy Jackson, shows up at the club to attack one of the transvestites, and gets quite the surprise. The name of Asst. Deputy Commissioner John Kennington keeps coming up; every officer with rank, including Jane's former boss, warns Jane to quit the investigation. Even when she pretends she can "cut a deal" with her superiors, political games are not in her DNA.

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Series 4 (1995)Edit

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)[3]
Original airdate
1 "The Lost Child" Paul Billing John Madden 12.95 30 April 1995 (1995-04-30)
A child's death points to a convicted child molester, who has completed his prison sentence, and now lives with a woman and her two young daughters, having kept his dark past a secret from them. However, the man's counsellor believes that he would not have committed the crime because of his preference in victims. Meanwhile, Tennison is promoted to Detective Superintendent.
2 "Inner Circles" Eric Deacon & Meredith Oakes Sarah Pia Anderson 13.24 7 May 1995 (1995-05-07)
Tennison, on loan to another jurisdiction, is sent in to investigate a murder of a country club manager. At first glance, it looks like a fairly obvious sex murder, but the facts suggest otherwise. As Tennison investigates, she uncovers a link to the ongoing situations within the local municipal government, and uncovers a possible political scandal which proves to be much larger and darker than she anticipated.
3 "The Scent of Darkness" Guy Hibbert Paul Marcus 12.00 15 May 1995 (1995-05-15)
A series of murders resembling those by George Marlow, who was investigated in the original Prime Suspect, have encouraged Tennison's subordinates to reopen the case, given that Marlow was still in prison when the new crimes took place. Tennison is reluctant, however, as she is sure Marlow is guilty. However, suspicion soon falls onto a prison guard who has become friendly with Marlow.

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AwardsEdit

  • Emmy Award: Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries, Helen Mirren

Series 5 (1996)Edit

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)
Original airdate
1 "Errors of Judgement: Part 1" Guy Andrews Philip Davis 14.72 20 October 1996 (1996-10-20)
Following an intemperate act at the end of The Scent of Darkness, Tennison is transferred to Manchester CID, where she investigates the murder of a drug dealer that she believes was committed by a local gang leader and folk hero known as "The Street".
2 "Errors of Judgement: Part 2" Guy Andrews Philip Davis 14.32 21 October 1996 (1996-10-21)
The case becomes even more sinister when another murder is committed, but Jane finds it difficult to prove that "The Street" was responsible for the attack, as he manages to keep one step ahead of the investigation – leading her to suspect she may have a mole in her team.

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AwardsEdit

  • Emmy Award: Outstanding Miniseries, Gub Neal, Rebecca Eaton, Lynn Horsford, producers.
  • Helen Mirren nominated for Emmy and BAFTA awards.

Series 6 (2003)Edit

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)[1]
Original airdate
1 "The Last Witness: Part 1" Peter Berry Tom Hooper 10.50m 9 November 2003 (2003-11-09)
Now returned to London, with her career stagnating, Tennison, who is under pressure to retire, investigates the murder of a Bosnian refugee while she copes with "modern" policing, including a supervisor who was once an officer junior to her. As she ends up digging into the past war crimes of recent immigrants, she is reunited with a war photographer with whom she was once involved.
2 "The Last Witness: Part 2" Peter Berry Tom Hooper 9.88m 10 November 2003 (2003-11-10)
Tennison grieves over the death of young Yasmina, and blames herself for not saving her. Although the prime suspect is in jail, Jane is certain he is not the actual culprit and certainly, did not act alone. Jane and her photojournalist friend, Robert West, visit Bosnia to find the truth about the sadist she knows is responsible for so much death. Various smug political half-wits attempt to silence Jane and halt her inquiries with the Official Secrets Act. Jane gets a timely pep talk from her dad, who tells her how much he admires her for always doing what she believes is right. Jane soldiers forward, putting her career and possibly, her liberty on the line to keep the promise she made to Yasmina.

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AwardsEdit

  • Nominated for four BAFTA awards, including Best Drama Serial and Best Actress (Helen Mirren), but did not win any awards.
  • Nominated for three Emmy awards, including Outstanding Miniseries and Best Actress (Helen Mirren), but did not win any awards.

Series 7 (2006)Edit

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)[1]
Original airdate
1 "The Final Act: Part 1" Frank Deasy Phillip Martin 7.90m 15 October 2006 (2006-10-15)
While dealing with her alcoholism and the death of her father, Tennison decides to solve one last case – the disappearance of Tony and Ruth Sturdy's 14 year old daughter Sallie – before finally retiring from the force. But when the disappearance soon becomes a murder investigation, Tennison is forced to confront her own demons.
2 "The Final Act: Part 2" Frank Deasy Phillip Martin 8.51m 22 October 2006 (2006-10-22)
Curtis Flynn flees the scene of his brutal encounter with Tennison. As the end draws near, the truth surrounding the death of Sallie finally emerges, and the hunt for the killer ends in a shattering confrontation.

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AwardsEdit

  • BAFTA TV Award: Best Original TV Music, Nicholas Hooper
  • Emmy Award: Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or Movie Helen Mirren
  • Emmy Award: Outstanding Writing – Miniseries or Movie
  • Emmy Award: Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or Movie

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