Prime Sus­pect: 1973

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 6 APRIL -

Sea­son 1 ITV Choice (*123) 20:00 Ac­tion

Prime Sus­pect (1991-2006) set the bar high for Bri­tish pro­ce­dural crime dra­mas thanks to He­len Mir­ren as Jane Ten­ni­son – one of the first fe­male de­tec­tives and Chief In­spec­tors in the Greater Lon­don Metropoli­tan Police Ser­vice. A decade later and we’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ear­lier years in Jane’s ca­reer with pre­quel se­ries Prime Sus­pect 1973 (2017-cur­rent), with Stefanie Mar­tini tak­ing over the role in the six-episode first sea­son.

“I think that pos­si­bly it helped that I didn’t have knowl­edge of the orig­i­nal se­ries un­til I was cast,” jokes Stefanie. The 26-year-old adds that “I didn’t re­alise just how im­por­tant it was to so­ci­ety. Ob­vi­ously it’s in­valu­able to watch He­len and see who Jane Ten­ni­son is later in her ca­reer, but my job was to find out how she gets there. She’s got this bril­liance and de­ter­mi­na­tion and her own way of think­ing about things”.

Orig­i­nal-se­ries fans may feel a lit­tle uneasy with the new-feel Jane be­cause she’s not as confident and de­ter­mined as we know her, but Stefanie is quick to as­sure view­ers that “I know there is no way that Prime Sus­pect: 1973 can be as ground­break­ing as the orig­i­nal. Today Jane is one among many fe­male de­tec­tives on TV and so many shows are tack­ling big is­sues of the kind that the first Prime Sus­pect did”.

So what can au­di­ences ex­pect? Jane is try­ing to ad­just to adult­hood, liv­ing at home with her par­ents, deal­ing with law-break­ing so­ci­ety and de­pres­sion at the work­place. The 22-year-old is also handed her first mur­der case and it’s Jane find­ing her feet that Stefanie says will “get an in­ter­est from view­ers. There’s so much tele­vi­sion out there but peo­ple will want to see how Jane starts and how she be­comes ‘old’ Jane.”

He­len Mir­ren as Jane Ten­ni­son.

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