Helen Mirren returns as DCI Tennison in this complex psychological police thriller. A body discovered under garden paving slabs initiates a murder investigation, but difficult race-relations and deeply buried family secrets impede the inquiry. Sharp scripting, cinematography, and editing propels the narrative forward, with the excellent cast (standouts are John Benfield as Detective Superintendent Kernan and Colin Salmon as Detective Sergeant Robert Oswalde) moving easily from tense, procedural scenes to emotionally fraught climaxes and confrontations. And Mirren, whether interviewing a dying man at his bedside or arguing with a spurned lover, is magnificent as the constantly harassed detective. A classic.