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

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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

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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

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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