Posted: 07/26/2010


Prime Suspect Box Set

by Del Harvey

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Dame Helen Mirren brings one of the most memorable dramatic roles to vivid life in “Prime Suspect,” written by Lynda LaPlante (Trial and Retribution). Shown over a number of years in mini-series format on the BBC and here in the States on PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery!, this stands as one of the defining and truly great portrayals of her career. And now these nine mysteries have been gathered in one complete box set by Acorn Media.

Tenacious, driven, and deeply flawed, Tennison rises through the ranks of Britain’s Metropolitan Police, solving horrific crimes while battling sexist attitudes in the workplace and her own inner demons. Tennison’s character works because she is driven, she is troubled, and she is most of all intriguing. We want to know what she will when challenged and just how far she will go to solve a crime.

Seen on Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! from the 1990s to the present, Prime Suspect features some of Britain’s biggest stars, including: Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Ciarán Hinds (Jane Eyre), Zoë Wanamaker (Poirot), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting).

The Prime Suspect series begins with DCI Tennison seizing the opportunity to head a murder investigation—something she should have done long ago, had she not been passed over by her male superiors time and again. With a suspect already identified and her own team openly hostile, she uncovers errors and conflicting facts that point to a cover-up within the force.

The following series include:
- a murder inquiry in the African Caribbean community;
- a 17-year-old rent boy murder; an abducted toddler;
- the manager of an exclusive country club murdered;
- a shooting case of a young drug dealer;
- new murders casting doubt on a case she solved previously;
- and the torture and murder of a young Bosnian refugee.

In the final series, Detective Superintendent Tennison is pushing 60 and facing the death of her father - a man who has shaped the relationships in her life and darkened her nightmares. Alcohol, loneliness, and the job have taken their toll, but she is determined to end her exemplary career by solving one more case: the brutal murder of a schoolgirl.

Starring Oscar winner Helen Mirren in her iconic television role, Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection debuts on DVD from Acorn Media on September 7, 2010. Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) stars as Detective Jane Tennison, “one of the great character creations of our time” (The Washington Post), in this revolutionary police drama broadcast on PBS to universal acclaim and more than 20 major international awards, including seven Emmys® (“Outstanding Miniseries” and “Outstanding Actress”), eight BAFTAs, and a Peabody. The 9-disc set includes nine feature-length mysteries as well as a 50-minute behind-the-scenes special.

Bonus Features:
* Prime Suspect behind-the-scenes special (50 min.)
* Series 6 behind-the-scenes featurette (23 min.)
* Photo gallery
* Cast filmographies

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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