Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection
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The Emmy-winning crime series seen on PBS "A perfect marriage of astoundingly talented actress and brilliantly conceived character" --USA Today "Riveting" --The Boston Globe Oscar winner Helen Mirren is Detective Jane Tennison, "one of the great character creations of our time" (The Washington Post), in a series that won more than 20 major international awards and raised the bar for police dramas. 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). Seen on Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! and created by crime writer Lynda La Plante, Prime Suspect features some of Britain’s biggest stars, including Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Zoë Wanamaker (Poirot), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Ciarán Hinds (Jane Eyre), Tom Bell (Reilly: Ace of Spies), and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting). Contains coarse language and graphic content
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I've watched a lot of British crime dramas and I tend to like the way they are shot overall, with a lot of attention to the people, settings and stories being as realistic as possible down to the `foggy' lighting, lack of makeup, etc.
Helen Mirren is unbelievably talented and really, the ability of the rest of the cast is so top notch.
I watched this series on DVD, 15 years after I saw it originally, and I don't have much to compare the quality with, so all I'll say is that maybe if you don't know any better, like me, you will think this 7 disc set is perfect.
I'm only on disc 4 of the 7 and if I don't pace myself better, I will run out of episodes to watch and have nothing to look forward to. I believe though that I will be satisfied with watching them all over again.
Do I have anything negative to say? Sometimes the characters sobby ramblings are a little too melodramatic ie: Susan Covington's manic break down at the end of the episode. A little too much craze perhaps.
Interesting note: Tennison has a cell phone and I noticed what looked to be a lap top in the background. I didn't realize that that technology has been around that long.
Helen Mirren is absolutely perfection in this role as Jane Tennison. She plays a hard-as-nails detective fighting her way to the top and up and down and up again. Her character is flawed, painfully ambitious, fraught with doubts and absolutely sure she knows best...and usually she does. It takes you all the way to her retirement, itself done in true Tennison fashion.
These stories are not for the faint of heart, so if you are looking for a simple murder mystery of easy watching try the Midsomer Mysteries, or Father Brown series. It is often hard to watch the goings on in this series because it is true to life, life being cruel, hard, unforgiving, unrelenting and in some people's worlds just plain Hades. Fascinating and unforgettable like watching a disaster happening, this series gets you hooked. It forces you to think, feel the anguish and yet keep watching.
A perfect series without flaw, this is a masterpiece of film making. A must for mystery lovers who like the raw, gritty substance of true-to-life stories, this is the apex of its kind. Buy it for yourself or for a gift.......but remember...not for the faint of heart. Highly recommended!
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Prime Suspect put Helen Mirren on the map. What a brilliant actress to land the role that makes a career. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr. P. Phillips
Brilliant portrayal of a strong woman. (Why does no one have to say that about men?)Published 4 months ago by Jinglebts
I love British cop shows and this is one of the best. The acting especially Helen Mirren is superb. The atmosphere they are able to create and the realness (not a word I know)and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gisela
Just as good as it was when it came out in the early 1990's!Published 5 months ago by constance Ferrell
I like British detective stories and series anyway. But, this is very good even, in my standards. It is well worth watching.Published 6 months ago by Jack Burley
Absolutely the best....Helen Mirren and co-stars in the beginning...Published 7 months ago by Linda
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