Jane Ten­ni­son

Prime Sus­pect (ITV series) 1991-2006

TV Times - - Interview - (Dame he­len mir­ren)

When He­len Mir­ren cre­ated the iconic lead role of DCI Jane Ten­ni­son, she paved the way for many in­spir­ing TV women to come…

‘It’s not a case of tak­ing what He­len did and copy­ing it, but you have to ac­knowl­edge those who have gone be­fore you,’ says Amanda. ‘As far as Bri­tish TV is con­cerned that role was piv­otal in chang­ing peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes about a woman be­ing able to carry a male-dom­i­nated world.’

‘She didn’t have “women’s is­sues”. you could swap her prob­lems with a male char­ac­ter and noth­ing would change, which is a sign of great writ­ing.’

De­spite the strides made by the pop­u­lar series, Amanda still feels there’s a long way to go. ‘There are so few dra­mas like

Prime Sus­pect, that’s the trou­ble,’ she says. ‘Most still have a male pro­tag­o­nist and the story cen­tres around him, so usu­ally the woman is the wife, girl­friend or mistress. There are still very few strong women like Jane


I re­ally want to catch up with Happy Val­ley over the sum­mer be­cause Sarah Lan­cashire looks bril­liant in the clips I have seen.’

DCI Jane Ten­ni­son changed TV

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