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post Feb 15 2016, 08:37 PM
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Appreciation/discussion for the classic British show from the 90s/00s (if anyone else has seen it? - if not do!).

The British police procedural television drama series starring Helen Mirren in perhaps her greatest ever role broke boundaries, addressed any and every controversial topic and did it with expert precision and brilliant execution. The show has been critically lauded and praised and it has gone down as one of the greatest British shows ever made, hugely inspirational and daring and still continuing to make its mark today.

So have you seen it, and if so what are your thoughts on the various cases? If not, and you're looking for a (relatively) short show to get into, you could do much worse than this incredible show.
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post Feb 15 2016, 08:41 PM
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We watched this at home as it was aired on Dutch tv after Morse i do remember it, my dad was a huge fan of it at the time.
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post Feb 15 2016, 09:23 PM
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I've never seen this but I've always been aware of it! I didn't actually realise that there were so little episodes considering how long it ran for. ohmy.gif
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post Feb 15 2016, 09:43 PM
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QUOTE(Froot. @ Feb 15 2016, 09:23 PM) *
I've never seen this but I've always been aware of it! I didn't actually realise that there were so little episodes considering how long it ran for. ohmy.gif

Well for the most part each episode is 3.5 hours and is an entire season in official TV terms. But it's a show that breaks boundaries and isn't really confined by normal expectations. Each is like an extended film and I don't think watching it over the course of a few weeks (as originally broadcast) would give it as much impact. In my opinion each season needs to be watched from start to end, and despite being very lengthy, it's so gripping the time really flies by anyway heehee.gif

But yeah, not that long despite the extended time period it was actually shown on TV and well worth a quick purchase on Amazon and watch ~
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post Feb 15 2016, 09:49 PM
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I watched them all a while ago as part of my Film and TV masters course and have returned to them this past week. I've just finished '3'.

They each deal with a separate issue quite closely (gender, racism, homosexuality, paedophilia etc) and so each is like a completely different ballpark. I think my favourite is '2' (racism) - I struggle to find better acting than some of the performances throughout it mellow.gif

Don't really remember 4 onwards but I'll be rewatching them over the next week!
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post Feb 15 2016, 10:31 PM
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I see they are on the Dutch Netflix might watch them. Is it like "A Touch of Frost" and Morse? Or something complete different ?
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post Feb 17 2016, 10:48 PM
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THIS SHOW !

I thought when re-watching them all that i'd enjoy them but I think i'm actually preferring them second time round and through the nature of the show I didn't expect them to have such good replay value. I have watched 'Scents of Darkness' and 'Errors of Judgement' today and honestly sweated HARD.

I have yet to rewatch the final two seasons (but it won't take me long to do that given how gripped I am) so I will save a full rank of the seasons/episodes until then but honestly GIVE THEM ALL A WATCH. I'd say 5 - 'Errors of Judgement' matches/surpasses some of the first 3 seasons for sheer grit and suspense so it's certainly more effective when they don't break the seasons down into mini-films (like they did with Season 4 (even though 'Scents of Darkness' is INCREDIBLE (but mainly because of the link to the murder in the first season))).
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post Feb 17 2016, 11:15 PM
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... and that's just the entertainment value and ignoring the REAL LIFE / SOCIAL implications. Gender, sexuality, race, politics, and everything in between explored so callously and truthfully. I think this is firmly my favourite ever British show.
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post Feb 22 2016, 08:24 PM
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I finished it all over the weekend. There is not a single moment of it that I did not enjoy and I can't say for any(?) other show. It's truly an incredible ride.

My attempt at ranking the episodes:

1. Prime Suspect 2
2. Prime Suspect
3. Errors of Judgement
4. The Last Witness
5. Prime Suspect 3
6. 4 - The Scent of Darkness
7. The Final Act
8. 4 - Inner Circles
9. 4 - The Lost Child

GAH every single one is incredible though - I cannot recommend the show enough. Severe withdrawal symptoms now it's over ~

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post Feb 22 2016, 08:38 PM
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Well you can come over to mine cause I'm watching it right now ( I'm on 4-inner circles) wink.gif
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i like the show.

it was (still is) good

watch them on dvd still
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post Feb 16 2017, 12:00 PM
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Prime Suspect 1973 aka a PREQUEL is starting on ITV on Thursday 2nd March and will be a six part series.

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Starring Stefanie Martini as a young version of Dame Helen Mirren's iconic character, the series follows Jane Tennison (Martini) as she begins her detective career in Hackney in the 1970s and becomes a major player in the Metropolitan Police. We see Jane start out as a Woman Police Constable, when she's drawn into a brutal murder enquiry and works alongside DCI Bradfield (Sam Reid) on the case.

The six-part series will also star The Inbetweeners' Blake Harrison as DS Spencer Gibbs - another of Jane's superiors - while Alun Armstrong, Ruth Sheen, Lex Shrapnel and Jay Taylor have been cast as members of a crime family. Jessica Gunning and Andrew Brooke are playing Jane's fellow officers, and the cast also includes Nick Sidi, Geraldine Somerville, Joshua Hill, Tommy McDonnell and Jordan Long.

Prime Suspect 1973 comes from writer Lynda La Plante, who wrote and created the original series. Her novel which precedes the new series, Tennison: Prime Suspect 1973, was released last week.


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post Feb 16 2017, 01:03 PM
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Would like to see repeated on ITV3, never seen it. Really want to see it though.

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post Feb 16 2017, 03:31 PM
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QUOTE(Mack @ Feb 16 2017, 01:03 PM) *
Would like to see repeated on ITV3, never seen it. Really want to see it though.

It's currently airing every night on ITV3 in the run up to this new series! Just found out otherwise I would have recorded them to watch, they might be put on ITV Hub but they'll probably run out before I'm able to watch them all!

The 2nd part of Prime Suspect 2 airs tonight.

(just realised I should record the rest and I should be able to watch the other three if they're on ITV Hub in time!)
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post Feb 22 2017, 06:00 PM
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I AM HERE FOR THIS obviously. The original as i've said here is one of the greatest shows ever made in my opinion.

With Lynda La Plante on board this *could* be solid. It will sorely miss Helen Mirren but i'm willing to give it a chance. FROOT get on them, essential viewings!
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post Feb 22 2017, 06:37 PM
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I have indeed been recording them, so just need to start them! This is based on your recommendation so you better not let me down kink.gif
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The first one was easily the best. Looking forward to the new series Prime Suspect 1973 starting next Thursday on ITV.
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post Mar 2 2017, 07:01 PM
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TONIGHT.

Excited and nervous but so willing to give it a chance. Tennyson is one of the most fearless, well-respected women on TV so to see how she began will be interesting at least. I hope the drama, tension, grit and realism is still maintained.
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post Mar 2 2017, 07:05 PM
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I've watched the first episode and I did enjoy it, particularly in addressing the sexism in the force as well as the distrust of a new person in charge I guess? Already I'm seeing the strength in the characterisation of Helen's character! A really engaging did he/didn't he story as well, very much looking forward to seeing how it concludes.

of the original series i mean of course kink.gif
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post Mar 2 2017, 10:04 PM
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Glad you're watching it !!

First episode of 1973 was pretty much exactly what I wanted it to be. Same style as the original, in terms of grittiness and humour. I am really impressed with young Tennison too, she has some of the later DCI's mannerisms and although nothing can really match Mirren's character it's a good go at it! I loved the smoking references, the "more posh" girls on the force comment and how genuine it all seemed.

The scene examining the dead body was brilliant - you would never imagine a later Jane just falling to the ground at the slight command of a man. And again in the scene where they visited the deceased's parents, her willingness to ask for guidance and do exactly as she's told - it's all part of how she becomes the fearless DCI we know some 20 years later.

Excited to see how the story develops!


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