Review: Prime Suspect 1973 (S1 E4/6), Thursday 23rd March, ITV


Free’s high-octane Wishing Well from the 1972 album Heartbreaker kicks off this episode – and DS Spencer Gibbs (Blake Harrison) would do well to heed singer Paul Rodgers’ warning: “Throw down your gun, you might shoot yourself, or is that what you’re trying to do?”

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Review: Prime Suspect 1973 (S1 E3/6), Thursday 16th March, ITV


At last the tempo goes up a few beats in the third episode of this turgid ‘throwback Thursday’ series. There has to be a good twist soon, there just has to be. We Got To Get Out Of This Place sings Eric Burdon (a golden oldie from 1965 even then), although maybe The Animals’ House of the Rising Sun would have been a more apt choice for the hapless Bentley clan: ‘Oh mother, tell your children not to do what I have done.’ Indeed. Continue reading

Sarah Hilary: Prime Suspect 1973 has nothing new to say


Last week saw the start of much-anticipated prequel to Prime Suspect, Prime Suspect 1973. Our own reviewer, Deborah, felt that it was ok but ‘wearyingly predictable’. Now friend of the site and brilliant crime author Sarah Hilary has presented her own opinion on that first episode – and it’s not entirely complimentary. Continue reading

ITV confirms transmission date for Prime Suspect 1973, releases trailer


prime_suspect_1973_01ITV is having a busy-old day today. Not only has it revealed the transmission date – or at least confirmed – for series three of Broadchurch, it has also issued forth news of the transmission date for Prime Suspect 1973, the eagerly-awaited prequel to the landmark series, Prime Suspect. As with all these things, it’s about brand retention and giving what the fans want, but if Prime Suspect 1973 is anything like Endeavour has been this series, we’re in for a treat.

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ITV casts the young Jane Tennison for Tennison


ITV_logo_2013.svgLast year I went to the Radio Times festival and enjoyed the panel session featuring Lynda La Plante, who told the audience that she would be taking an active role in the search for her young Jane Tennison, in her eagerly awaited prequel to Prime Suspect, Tennison. Now the search is over and ITV has announced who will be stepping into those legendary shoes, once frequented by Dame Helen Mirren. Continue reading

Radio Times Festival Dispatches: Tennison


Radiotimesfestival_snip_21The inaugural Radio Times Festival is continuing along this afternoon and for crime drama fans (as well as crime fiction fans) one of the must-see panel sessions of the day was Lynda La Plante talking about her much anticipated prequel to her seminal Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison.  Continue reading

The 10 Best Crime Dramas This Week (Monday 31st August – Sunday 6th September)


Aden Young - in the SundanceTV original series "Rectify" - Photo Credit: Tina Rowden

I write this on a Bank Holiday Monday. A really wet and miserable Bank Holiday Monday at the end of an August that has been pretty rubbish weather-wise. This means only one thing – might as well sit in front of the telly and watch loads of crime drama, which, thankfully, shows no sign of abating. There’s a big new American series this week, as well as lots more goodies. Look out for this week’s radio highlights, too – there’s lots of Agatha Christie and a new three-part drama. Continue reading