Her Fabulousness, Helen Mirren, did memorable roles before "Prime Suspect" and won an Oscar after. But it's still one of the great, extended moments in her career.
From Acorn: Starring Oscar® winner Helen Mirren in her iconic television role, Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection debuts on DVD from Acorn Media on September 7, 2010. Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) stars as Detective Jane Tennison, “one of the great character creations of our time” (The Washington Post), in this revolutionary police drama broadcast on PBS to universal acclaim and more than 20 major international awards, including seven Emmys® ("Outstanding Miniseries" and "Outstanding Actress"), eight BAFTAs, and a Peabody. The 9-disc set includes nine feature-length mysteries as well as a 50-minute behind-the-scenes special ($124.99, www.AcornOnline.com).
Tenacious, driven, and deeply flawed, Tennison rises through the ranks of Britain’s Metropolitan Police, solving horrific crimes while battling office sexism and her own demons. “Rare is the drama that works so well on two levels: as a crackling whodunit and as a finely tuned character study of a strong but insecure woman trying to prove herself in a man’s world” (Time).
Seen on Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! from the 1990s to the present and created by crime writer Lynda La Plante (Trial & Retribution, The Commander), Prime Suspect features some of Britain’s biggest stars, including Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Ciarán Hinds (Jane Eyre), Zoë Wanamaker (Poirot), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting). The ITV series aired for seven series (1991-93, 1995-96, 2003, and 2006).
Prime Suspect begins with DCI Tennison seizing the opportunity to head a murder investigation—something she should have done long ago, had she not been passed over by her male superiors time and again. With a suspect already identified and her own team openly hostile, she uncovers errors and conflicting facts that point to a cover-up within the force. The following series include: a murder inquiry in the African Caribbean community; a 17-year-old rent boy murder; an abducted toddler; the manager of an exclusive country club murdered; a shooting case of a young drug dealer; new murders casting doubt on a case she solved previously; and the torture and murder of a young Bosnian refugee. In the final series, Detective Superintendent Tennison is pushing 60 and facing the death of her father. Alcohol, loneliness, and the job have taken their toll, but she is determined to end her exemplary career by solving one more case: the brutal murder of a schoolgirl.
Bonus Features: Prime Suspect behind-the-scenes special (50 min.), Series 6 behind-the-scenes featurette (23 min.), photo gallery, and cast filmographies.
Street: Sept. 7, 2010
DVD 9-Disc Boxed Set: 9 mysteries on 9 discs; approx. 25 hours, plus bonus; 4:3 full screen (Series 1-5)/16:9 widescreen (Series 6-7); SDH subtitles (Series 1-6)/ closed captioned (Series 7