on 30 December 2003
The past returns to haunt Detective Superintendent Tennison in this, the best of the three 'Prime Suspect 4' episodes. The tortured and beaten bodies of two new murder victims display identical characteristics to the bodies of George Marlow's victims; the intriguing problem is that Marlow is in prison, suggesting that either a copycat killer is at work, or Tennison, the detective on the original case, put the wrong man away. This engrossing drama captures something of the tense, urgent tone of the earlier 'Prime Suspect' stories, with Tennison endeavouring, despite both personal and professional pressure, to get to the truth.
on 9 December 2011
Prime Suspect 4 changed the format from the previous series as it has three shorter separate stories rather than one long story. The middle episode, Inner Circles, was surprisingly poor so it was a relief that the third story was a return to form.
A series of murders and a high profile book start to cast doubt on a high profile conviction from earlier in her career. DCI Tennison becomes paranoid that the powers that be in the police are out to get her. Or did she make a terrible mistake? To prove she is right she has to find a new killer and confront someone she put behind bars before.
As usual Helen Mirren is excellent and you won't see a better depiction of the hard grind involved in police forces solving major cases.