TV Review – PRIME SUSPECT 1973 (2017)

Prime Suspect 1973 (TV) (2017; UK; Colour 6 x 47m) ∗∗∗½  pr.  Rhonda Smith; d. David Caffrey; w. Lynda La Plante, Glen Laker; ph. Julian Court; m. Carly Paradis; ed. Stuart Gazzard, Malcolm Crowe.  Cast: Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid, Blake Harrison, Alun Armstrong, Andrew Brooke, Daniel Ezra, Jessica Gunning, Joshua Hill, Gordon Lang, Tommy McDonnell, Ruth Sheen, Lex Shrapnel, Jay Taylor, Rosie Day. The story of 22-year-old Jane Tennison’s first days in the police force, in which she endured flagrant sexism before being thrown in at the deep end with a murder enquiry. Great period setting and competent production and technical values make this a perfectly acceptable pre-cursor to the original series. Martini may lack Mirren’s magnetic screen presence, but she equips hereslf well and the strong supporting cast also add value. The script was adapted from LaPlante’s novel “Tennison”, and is an impressive prequel to Prime Suspect which aired from 1991-2006 starring Helen Mirren. [15]