Lynda LaPlante was responsible for one of the all-time greatest TV programmes - Prime Suspect. The first three Prime Suspects are some of the best acted, best directed, best written and most tense and involving TV ever made.
Above Suspicion Red Dahlia has to be one of the worst acted, worst directed, worst written and least tense and involving TV programmes ever made. It is a tragedy to think this was written by the same woman behind Jane Tennison.
In every way that Jane Tennison was a brilliant character and Helen Mirren a wonderful actress, Kelly Reilly's character is the polar opposite. Reilly totters around on high heels wearing a mini-skirt and acts like a dumb, awestruck teenager throughout the whole programme. She has to be one of the weakest, wettest central characters on TV. Her sole role appears to be eye-candy for the camera which spends plenty of time leering at her thighs.
It wouldn't be so bad were the story not so bland, trite, paper thin, boring and unbelieveable. A posh bigwig is accused of re-creating some murders based on the LA Black Dahlia murders. Unfortunately if you expected any sort of detection to occur, you will be sorely disappointed. Absolutely nothing happens by way of investigation or detective work. Our characters aren't sleuths who uncover clues and trap their prime suspect. Instead it is all conveniently wrapped up with plenty of deus ex machina contrivances.
Coincidently, Ciaran Hinds was a central character in Prime Suspect 3 and a very young Kelly Reilly was a central characer in Prime Suspect 4 - Inner Circles (not one of the best to be honest). Watch Prime Suspect then watch this and you will agree with me.