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On April 7 1991 the British ITV network broadcast the first instalment of Prime Suspect, a new crime series by screenwriter Lynda La Plante, starring Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison. The grim police drama focussed on the desperate efforts of the Metropolitan Police to convict an artful serial killer who has been disposing of women victims in a series of particularly gruesome attacks. It soon became apparent from the programme's popular and critical reception that this was no run-of the-mill detective show, and 'Prime Suspect' became one of the most talked about programmes in recent memory. It would go on to number seven series, tackling issues such as racism, homophobia and child abuse, confirming La Plante's place as one of the most significant TV dramatists in Britain today- winning multiple industry accolades for its stars and production team (including a clutch of BAFTAs and EMMYs) and gaining distribution all over the world. Deborah Jermyn's study of the series examines exactly what made 'Prime Suspect' so distinctive, so controversial and, ultimately, so influential, its innovations transforming the tv crime drama. Jermyn places the series in the context of tv crime fictions that had gone before it, particularly those featuring female detectives, such as 'Juliet Bravo', 'The Gentle Touch', 'Cagney and Lacey', and those such as 'Trial and Retribution', 'Silent Witness' and 'CSI' that came after, which, she argues, were indebted to 'Prime Suspect' in their portrayal of women police officers and criminalists. Jermyn also relates the institutionalised sexism and misogyny that Tennison confronts to real-life discrimation and prejudice that has dogged British policing and attitudes to women, whether as investigators or victims, in cases such as that of Detective Chief Constable Alison Halford and the distinction made between prostitutes and the 'innocent women' victims of the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe. Jermyn highlights the formal and aesthetic innovations of 'Prime Suspect', in its attention to the detail of forensic work- its unflinching portrayal of the dead bodies of its murder victims and the cinematic shooting style with frequent use of deep focus and bravura camera angles. Her close analysis of key scenes demonstrates how the programme adopted an intricate camera style to differentiate and isolate Tennison from her colleagues. Recognising 'Prime Suspect' as one of the most striking, acclaimed and influential texts in British television history, Jermyn acknowledges the key roles played by screenwriter La Plante and by Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison.

About Deborah Jermyn

DEBORAH JERMYN is Reader in Film and Television at Roehampton University. She is the author of Crime Watching: Investigating Real Crime TV (2006) and a study of Sex and the City in the TV Milestones series (2009) and the co-editor of Falling in Love Again: Romantic Comedy in Contemporary Cinema (2008).

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Author : Deborah Jermyn
Publisher : BFI Publishing
Data Published : 15 January 2010
ISBN : 1844573052
EAN : 9781844573059
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 144 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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