Prime Suspect

Prime Suspect

Tennison

DVD - 2017
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The prequel to Prime suspect set in North London in the 1970s. Jane Tennison is a young police recruit in a decidedly man's world
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, 2017
Edition: UK edition
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (360 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,stereo
NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1
Other Standard Identifier: 0841887033732
841887033732
9781531701987
1531701981

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San Rafael Staff Christine Jan 19, 2018

I enjoyed this series more for the back story on Tennison, less for its storytelling. It was well styled, scored and filmed. But ultimately not terrifically engaging. I love the Prime Suspect series, but hoped this prequel would really shine on its own.


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kpelish
Oct 02, 2018

This prequel is a must-see for fans of Helen Mirren/Prime Suspect series, detailing how the detective got her start as a lowly and dedicated probationer surmounting sexism and intense crime scenes in a 1970s London precinct. Well-produced and nuanced as she steadily pursues a girl's death somehow enmeshed with a local crime family (Alun Armstrong shines evilly as the patriarch). She also faces the dilemma of whether she will join the Blue Wall in covering for a fellow officer who beat up a suspect, plus her first romance, a mutual but forbidden attraction with her commanding officer. Great re-creation of 1970s police procedures, fashion, feel, music, and society.

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Brise
Oct 01, 2018

Really enjoyed this series and the different twists added to it. We made a point of not comparing to the original series and were not disappointed. Martini stands very well in the shoes of WPC. We are looking forward to more in this serie.

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Onewhoissaved
Apr 21, 2018

I doubt that any actress can do a credible job of demonstrating and convincing us that this is how Helen Mirren started out as a young female British constable. The story itself is very, very gritty and has no uplifting moments. No one wins here. Crime is stopped by segments but the evil continues. One thing I can say for the British television criminals is that they seem to unrepentent and so unredeemable.

I enjoyed this series more for the back story on Tennison, less for its storytelling. It was well styled, scored and filmed. But ultimately not terrifically engaging. I love the Prime Suspect series, but hoped this prequel would really shine on its own.

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Fionaenzo
Nov 21, 2017

Felt like they were trying to do a 70s version of Life on Mars with regard to setting. Life on Mars was great - this one had terrible storyline and acting. Great music selection but too loud so lyrics interfered.

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SandraLH
Oct 03, 2017

Enjoyable series on the way back machine. Agree with another reviewer about the loudness of the music although I enjoyed the tunes since I lived through that era. Looking forward to the following set of DVDs.

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MartineVK
Sep 24, 2017

Not really up to Prime Suspect quality, but engaging nonetheless. Newcomer Stefani Martini does well with the unenviable task of stepping into the role Helen Mirren created. Veterans Alun Armstrong and Ruth Sheen are superb as the patriarch/matriarch of a criminal family.

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jfox09
Aug 16, 2017

I loved the 70s rock tunes as reinforcement to the period

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kpelish
Oct 02, 2018

Other: Prostitution is portrayed as normal.

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kpelish
Oct 02, 2018

Violence: Violence abounds: murders, drug use, sexual harassment: medical examiner cuts apart a corpse on screen.

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