ITV has announced plans for “Tennison,” a six-part hourlong period drama and prequel to the famed “Prime Suspect” series which remains one of Helen Mirren’s most defining works.
Much like “Endeavour” does for “Inspector Morse,” the new series will explore the early days in the career of Jane Tennison who would become one of the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in the Metropolitan Police.
In the series which is set in the 1970s, we see how a then 22-year-old probationary officer Tennison became such a complex and formidable character in a time when female police constables are being uneasily ‘integrated’ into the force.
She is soon thrown in at the deep end, drawn into a brutal murder investigation, and experiences first-hand London’s violent criminal ganglands. Lynda La Plante, who penned the earlier instalments in the series, will return to write this.
Mirren last played the role in 2006’s “Prime Suspect: The Final Act”. The new series is expected to premiere next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first “Prime Suspect”.