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Tennison must be the worst detective ever...,
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This review is from: Prime Suspect - Complete Collection  [DVD] (DVD)
Having watched 6 out of 7 episodes I report as follows: Tennison is chaotic and dangerous; every time she tells a witness 'it's okay, we will protect you' the poor grass is dead within 24 hours. She should carry a health warning.
She charges in like her homophonic namesake's Charge of the LIght Brigade: Death or Glory!
She leaves a trail of dead women and children in her wake as she recklessly puts the vulnerable in jeopardy as she selfishly pursues her career and quarry. All that matters is catching the killer. Perhaps she secretly allows the witnesses to be murdered so she can get their murderer on an increased body count! She puffs endlessly on fags, drinks more than a hardened alcoholic and drops her knickers at the drop of a hat!
Helen Mirren must have a clause in her contact that demands she has a scene where she sobs over the brutally slaughtered victims; victims that are dead because of her incompetence.
These 'luvvie' sob-scenes are very irritating, they distract from the story in a cynical attempt to make us feel sorry for the useless, hapless 'tenacious' Tennison.
Of course she gets there in the end but I just hope that if ever I have to depend on the officers of the law I get a better bobbie than DCI Terror-some.
PS 3 is noteworthy for Peter Capaldi playing a tedious, pathetic, whining transvestite called 'Vera' (I wanted to kill him/her myself); David Thewlis as a thuggish rent boy, and possibly a very young Danny Dyer although he's not mentioned on the credits.
The original PS 1 is by far the best. You get the feeling though that these are 1-2 hours stories stretched out endlessly for commercial TV.