Prime Suspect 1973 is a detective drama series which premiered on ITV in the UK in March 2017. It was later picked up by PBS to air in the US and it serves as a prequel to the long-running Prime Suspect series. The show is also known as Prime Suspect: Tennison. Categorized as a police crime drama, it focuses on the investigative procedures of the men and women working on a particular case. The story is based on Tennison, written by Lynda La Plante, who has also written the original Prime Suspect series.
In June 2015, the series was assigned the title Tennison, the script for which was set to be written by LaPlante, who had additionally added to scenes of Prime Suspect. The declaration of Stefanie Martini as Jane Tennison was reported in July 2016. In mid-2016, La Plante pulled out of the venture following a conflict with ITV over parts of the series, including the casting of specific characters, Tennison in particular.
The first season of the show was well-received. Now, the question arises: will there be a Prime Suspect: Tennison Season 2? We will delve into that question, but first, let’s quickly look into the details of the series.
Prime Suspect: Tennison Cast: Who’s in it?
Stefanie Martini of Doctor Thorne (ITV) and Emerald City (NBC) fame stars as the lead, WPC Jane Tennison. Sam Reid who appears in The Railway Man, a British-Australian war film, plays the role of DI Len Bradfield.
Blake Harrison portrays DS Spencer Gibbs. He has previously starred in the BAFTA-winning comedy The Inbetweeners (E4). The role of the criminal Clifford Bentley is played by Alun Armstrong who is known for playing Baltus Hafez in The Mummy Returns (2001). Nick Sidi and Geraldine Somerville star as Andrew Tennison and Joyce Tennison respectively.
Prime Suspect: Tennison Plot: What is it about?
The story starts with the homicide of a youthful prostitute, Julie-Ann Collins who is discovered killed in an underpass on a bustling London home. Newcomer WPC Jane Tennison is drawn into the examination, driven by DI Len Bradfield, as the quest for Julie-Ann’s murderer gets in progress.
Jane Tennison was a 22-year-old young police officer, long before she became the heroic cop in the original Prime Suspect series. All the events unfold in the year 1973 at the Metropolitan Police Accommodation.
Doubt at first falls on her sweetheart, Eddie Phillips, who has no explanation for the hour of the homicide. In the interim, professional criminal Clifford Bentley is arranging a bank burglary from inside the jail, with assistance from his children, John and David.
The search for Julie-Ann’s killer proceeds, as the group attempts to follow her developments from the day she left the clinic until the day she was discovered dead. Tennison reveals important information which shows us that the infamous homicide is a rare case and the department hasn’t dealt with the likes of such in a long time. Tennison likewise finds the vehicle coordinating an observer depiction in the Collins’ garage.
Evidence found in the storm cellar of the Collins’ home suggests that Julie-Ann was beaten by one of her folks. The quest for the puzzling ‘Oz’ proceeds, until Tennison’s constancy, brings about a noteworthy revelation. Meanwhile, Clifford Bentley is out of prison and he has resolved to complete his last heist along with his family members. The ongoing intimacy between Tennison and Bradfield becomes the main topic of discussion in the station.
Following the capture of the strange ‘Oz’, the examination takes a swift turn. Bentley’s preparation to pull off his last heist is almost destroyed when the police suddenly make an appearance. Tennison gets another lead that would bring Bentley into the homicide investigation. Tennison plays the radio accounts to Bradfield who, detecting an opportunity to get his vengeance on Clifford, occupies the group to do a reconnaissance of the Bentleys’ house, in spite of requests from his senior officer to remain focused on the homicide case. In the repercussions of the blast at the bank vault, the police activity slips into commotion and frenzy.
As Tennison touches base at the scene, she is met with the news that Bradfield is dead from the blast. At an inquiry of Bentleys’ house, Tennison reveals proof that it was the place where Julie-Ann was executed. A van belonging to the Bentley family is searched and a little silk bow is found which matches Julie-Ann’s bra. The police manhunt increase, with David Bentley, the son of Clifford Bentley, being their prime suspect now.
The character of Tennison from Prime Suspect is carefully reconstructed as her younger self. The viewers get to know Tennison from a different perspective when she was more naive. This prequel series takes us inside the mind of one of the greatest characters in a police drama.
Prime Suspect: Tennison Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Prime Suspect: Tennison Season 1 premiered in the US on June 25, 2017, on PBS. It aired here for three 90-minute installments.
Despite having high viewership ratings in the first season, ITV confirmed in June 2017 that the series will not be renewed. According to sources, creative differences between Lynda La Plante and ITV led to the channel pulling the plug on the show. Hence, officially, Prime Suspect: Tennison season 2 stands cancelled.
Prime Suspect: Tennison Trailer
Now is a good time as any to watch the show if you already haven’t. Watch the trailer for season 1 below:
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