PBS Scores “Prime,” Netflix Nabs “Expanse”

PBS’ Masterpiece has picked up the upcoming prequel series “Prime Suspect: Tennison” for airing in the United States in 2017. Based on Lynda La Plante’s “Tennison” novel, the six-episode ITV drama serves as a prequel to the classic British series “Prime Suspect” that starred Dame Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison.

Stefanie Martini plays a 22-year-old Jane at the start of her career in 1970s London. Just a probationary officer at this point, she has to fight her way through the appalling sexism and bad policing that were the norm at the time.

At the start of the series, she’s thrown into a nasty murder investigation that will shape the rest of her life. “Prime Suspect,” which first premiered in 1991, remains to many critics the peak of the British crime drama genre.

In other TV acquisition news, Netflix has acquired Syfy’s acclaimed Thomas Jane and Steven Strait-led space drama “The Expanse” as an original series internationally. The already aired first season will be available to stream for global Netflix members outside of the North America and New Zealand beginning November 3rd.

The second season, which premieres early next year on Syfy, will be available on Netflix around the same time as well.

Source: Variety