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Prime Suspect 2 

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DCI Jane Tennison's investigation of a murder is complicated with the unexpected participation of her secret lover in her detective unit.




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Complete series cast summary:
Helen Mirren ...  DCI Jane Tennison 2 episodes, 1992
Colin Salmon ...  DS Robert Oswalde 2 episodes, 1992
John Benfield ...  D Supt Michael Kernan 2 episodes, 1992
Jack Ellis ...  DI Tony Muddyman 2 episodes, 1992
Craig Fairbrass ...  DI Frank Burkin 2 episodes, 1992
Richard Hawley Richard Hawley ...  DS Richard Haskons 2 episodes, 1992
Philip Wright Philip Wright ...  DC Lillie 2 episodes, 1992
Ian Fitzgibbon Ian Fitzgibbon ...  DC Jones 2 episodes, 1992
Andrew Tiernan ...  DC Rosper 2 episodes, 1992
Lloyd McGuire ...  Sgt Calder 2 episodes, 1992
Stephen Boxer ...  DCI Thorndike 2 episodes, 1992
Claire Benedict ...  Esme Allen 2 episodes, 1992
George Harris ...  Vernon Allen 2 episodes, 1992
Fraser James ...  Tony Allen 2 episodes, 1992
Ashley James Ashley James ...  Cleo Allen 2 episodes, 1992
Junior Laniyan Junior Laniyan ...  David Allen 2 episodes, 1992
Jenny Jules ...  Sarah Allen 2 episodes, 1992
Josephine Melville Josephine Melville ...  Esta 2 episodes, 1992
Tom Watson Tom Watson ...  David Harvey 2 episodes, 1992
Cynthia Powell Cynthia Powell ...  Silver Haired Lady 2 episodes, 1992
June Watson ...  Eileen Reynolds 2 episodes, 1992
Matt Bardock Matt Bardock ...  Jason Reynolds 2 episodes, 1992
Nina Sosanya ...  Joanne Fagunwa 2 episodes, 1992
Anna Lorimer Anna Lorimer ...  Sandra 2 episodes, 1992
Stefan Kalipha ...  Jonathan Phelps 2 episodes, 1992


Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison now deals with a racially-charged murder. The long-dead body of a young black woman is discovered in a district recently convulsed by police brutality and which now is in the midst of a highly-charged political campaign. Her investigation is hampered by the hostility of the local populace, and the clumsy methods of some of her subordinates and irresponsible journalists make things worse. Can she solve the case before a race riot breaks out? Her job is further complicated when a former lover is assigned to her command as a subordinate. Written by Reid Gagle

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Release Date:

15 December 1992 (UK) See more »

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Prime Suspect 2 See more »

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Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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(4 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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In a 2006 interview, Helen Mirren stated that 'what did shock me profoundly was we had a storyline, where a house had been bought and they're re-modeling the garden and they find a dead body and then they find another one. And in my mind I was going - that's a little bit, you know, that's pushing it a bit - and then very shortly after that the Rosemary and Fred West case came about and I thought - my god. My god. Not only was it realistic. The real world went so much further'. See more »


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misses the narrative flow
27 May 2004 | by elle_knightSee all my reviews

I've seen three of the Prime Suspects and I like the series a great deal. This one messes up. I don't expect perfection. I tolerate the usual contrivances of the genre. The fatal narrative flaw here is that the plot starts with one girl's murder and never ties the pieces together, even though the mother of the girl plays a predominate, even intrusive role, this lead guest character disappears entirely. There's enough pieces to put the mystery to rest but it lies literally and figuratively jumbled on the evidence table. There needed to be a resolving scene with the principle victim's mother. I enjoy the intradepartmental friction and the political issues. Not at the price of dramatic satisfaction. After reading in other reviews that the writer/creator did not write this one, it makes sense. I like to understand cultural frictions in other societies, as well as ours; it's a disappointment that this didn't satisfy me on their own initial question. I can forgive this series one serious lapse because it's well done, in cinematography, directing, casting, and acting. I was so incredulous and felt betrayed - I saw it twice to be sure, I didn't miss it.

I didn't it wasn't there. I hope the other three parts are not as disappointing as this one.

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