Who can forget Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison in the long-running series Prime Suspect, which ran from 1991 through 2006. Since the show’s premiere, Mirren has gone on to become a dame and a household name worldwide.
We mentioned in an earlier post, the series will be getting the prequel treatment, airing in the U.K. on ITV. And just recently it’s been confirmed the series, entitled Prime Suspect: Tennison, is heading to PBS in 2017, reports Variety.
Extending such a popular series, which still airs in re-runs and is streamable, can be polarizing. On one side it’s like, “Why mess with a good thing?” and on the other, which we’re leaning toward, one can think, “It’s nice to learn more about where Tennison came from.”
The Tennison we know had her hands full with solving cases and fighting crime, without the full support of her male counterparts in the police office. In the new series we meet her as a 22-year-old probationary officer in the 1970s, portrayed by Stefanie Martini (Doctor Thorne, Endeavor).
Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton talked about getting to know Tennison earlier on in her career, saying, “Prime Suspect: Tennison will imagine the events that made Jane the tenacious, difficult, and brilliant detective she became.”
The six-part series will be written by the original creator Lynda La Plante.
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