ITV confirms transmission date for Prime Suspect 1973, releases trailer

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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

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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

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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)

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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

ITV announces details for Lynda La Plante’s Prime Suspect prequel, Tennison

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tennison-9781471140501_hrThere was much rubbing of hands and excitement when Lynda La Plante announced that she would be writing a new novel that would detail the young part of her most famous character, Jane Tennison. We broke the story here over a year ago, and speculated that it was only a matter of time until ITV turned it into a TV series. (Prime Suspect was one of its best-ever crime dramas and gave Helen Mirren a role that made her into a real household name.) Now, finally, we have some details about a TV adaptation and, not surprisingly, ITV is its home. In a busy day of reviews (Wednesday has become a bit of a busy bugger when it comes to crime drama), and before they all start streaming in, let’s have a look at the Tennison details… Continue reading

Lynda La Plante: Jane Tennison to return

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45827730This is big, big news, especially for lovers of both crime fiction and crime drama. The sort of news that stops you in your tracks; the sort of news that makes you spit out your tea onto the computer screen; the sort of news that makes you want to break out into some sort of Lambada-style dance without your trousers; the sort of news… well, you get the picture. So put down your cuppa, here’s the news: one of the most celebrated and beloved characters in British crime drama is on her way back – definitely in book form but, hold your breath, perhaps on the small screen, too. Continue reading