Prime Suspect: Tennison: Season 1 (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Ruth Sheen's performance as young WPC Jane Tennison isn't enough to save a prequel that should have been on par with the original Prime Suspect series.

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Episodes

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Air date: Jun 25, 2017
2
Air date: Jul 2, 2017
3
Air date: Jul 9, 2017

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Cast

Stefanie Martini
as Jane Tennison
Sam Reid
as DI Len Bradfield
Blake Harrison (II)
as DS Spencer Gibbs
Alun Armstrong
as Clifford Bentley
Daniel Ezra
as DC Ashton
Andrew Brooke
as Sgt. Harris
Jessica Gunning
as WPC Kath Morgan
Joshua Hill
as DC Edwards
Jordan Long
as DS Paul Lawrence
Ruth Sheen
as Renee Bentley
Lex Shrapnel
as John Bentley
Jay Taylor
as David Bentley
Rosie Day
as Pam Tennison
Nick Nevern
as Danny Mitcham
Nicholas Sidi
as Andrew Tennison
Anthony Skordi
as Silas Manatos
Geraldine Somerville
as Joyce Tennison
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Critic Reviews for Prime Suspect: Tennison Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (11)

Basically, Prime Suspect: Tennison answers a question - What was Jane like as a young cop? - that, given the reach of Mirren's work, no one was asking.

Jun 21, 2017 | Full Review…

It knows what it's doing and where it's going.

Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…
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Little is illuminated about Jane Tennison's early years, effectively negating its value as a prequel.

Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Lord, it felt thin. In fact, the whole script felt thin, a weak and grainy Bisto poured over a dispiritingly small portion of egg and chips.

Dec 26, 2017 | Full Review…

No drama, no tension, and full of dull characters woodenly performed, with the exception of Ruth Sheen, who is brilliant in everything.

Aug 31, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The miniseries ... never gets off the ground.

Jun 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Prime Suspect: Tennison, which takes us back to the early days of a rookie Tennison played by Stefanie Martini, is a tedious dud, awkward and obvious.

Jun 26, 2017 | Full Review…

In all it touches, Prime Suspect 1973 is clear-eyed but never cold-hearted. An origin story with a difference, it's well worth making time for.

Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Its ordinariness is reinforced by a habit of using period pop songs in the most obvious ways.

Jun 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Almost everyone in Tennison behaves in a predictable way, and the main murder investigation is notably short on exciting twists and turns.

Jun 21, 2017 | Full Review…
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