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Prime Suspect: Season One, Episode One

Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison in PRIME SUSPECT.
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Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison in PRIME SUSPECT.

Airs Thursday, January 13, 2010 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

The tenacious, difficult and brilliant Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) stormed onto PBS in 1992 with PRIME SUSPECT. By the time the series ended in 2006, not only had an iconic character come to worldwide acclaim, but the crime series genre itself had been transformed.

From a new frame on feminism to the illumination of critical social issues, PRIME SUSPECT and Jane Tennison left an indelible impression. Admired by critics and audiences alike, PRIME SUSPECT won more than 20 international awards, including Emmys for "Outstanding Miniseries" and "Outstanding Actress" for Helen Mirren.

In this episode, D.C.I. Jane Tennison is a skilled, top-class detective, battling to prove herself in a male world. While investigating a murder, her strength of character and skills as a detective are put to the test as she exposes a cover-up within the force. And when a second murder victim is discovered, the inquiry turns into a grisly investigation stretching back over ten years.

Video Excerpt: Prime Suspect, Episode One
Behind the Scenes: Prime Suspect, Episode One