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Prime Suspect: The Scent of Darkness (1995)

A series of brutal sex murders disturbingly similar to the pattern of Superintendent Jane Tennison's first major case leads to the awful suggestion that she may have caught the wrong man the first time.

Director:

Paul Marcus

Writer:

Guy Hibbert
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Supt. Jane Tennison
Pip Donaghy Pip Donaghy ... Len Sheldon
Tim Woodward ... George Marlow
Stephen Boxer ... Supt. David Thorndike
Hugh Simon Hugh Simon ... Chief Inspector Finlay
Alan Leith Alan Leith ... Supt. Howell
Stuart Wilson ... Dr. Patrick Schofield
Penelope Beaumont Penelope Beaumont ... Dr. Elizabeth Bramwell
Christopher Ashley Christopher Ashley ... Antony Bramwell
Glen Berry Glen Berry ... Wayne
Joseph Kpobie ... Al
Otis Munyangiri Otis Munyangiri ... Pete (as Otis Munyang'iri)
Rebecca Thorn Rebecca Thorn ... Policewoman 1
Scott Neal Scott Neal ... Geoff
Christopher Fulford ... DCI Tom Mitchell
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Storyline

A series of horrific murders of women in a pattern very similar to a previous series of murder Police Detective Jane Tennison investigated lends support to a growing popular feeling that she arrested the wrong man, who has always claimed his innocence. Jane refuses to accept that possibility and orders her team to investigate the new murders to the exclusion of reviewing the older ones. The growing friction of the suspicions of her fellow officers and her own convictions lead to her being taken off the case as being biased. Now, she must try to restore her professional reputation while investigating elements of the case on her own. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Official Sites:

PBS/Masterpiece Theatre

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Epäilyksen polttopiste: Pimeyden haju See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The program Jane's boyfriend is watching, as she tries to solicit his advice on her case, is an early Lee Evans sketch/stand up show. See more »

Quotes

Chief Supt. Kernan: I have absolutely no choice but to suspend you from all duties. Please give me your warrant card.
Supt. Jane Tennison: [Looks at Mike] I shall, of course, vindicate myself at the earliest opportunity.
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Connections

Follows Prime Suspect: Inner Circles (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)
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Nothing compares to Prime Suspect
21 February 2000 | by Ganja_SonicPixieSee all my reviews

These series were popular, and still admired and remembered. Helen Mirren is wonderful as always, playing Jane Tennison - a great detective, proving that women can be both strong and emotional (In real life as much as on the screen), which is a quality men rarely have...in my not at all humble opinion. It's suitable for everyone not just fans of crime stories- it's not violent, it's emotional and filled with suspense and mystery.


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