This series was adapted from the novel Tennison written by Lynda La Plante and adapted for the screen by Glen Laker. WPC Jane Tennison is 22-years-old and she has joined the Metropolitan Police Service Force in 1973. Women were gradually being integrated into the UK police force. There are still difficulties with sexism among the current officers. Tennison begins working on the murder of Julie-Ann Collins and a possible bank robbery report. Jane’s parents disapprove of her career choice and she is still living at home.
This is a tough series and the crimes being investigated are not easy cases. There are a LOT of people who could have murdered Collins. It isn’t easy to sort them out and there are many unsavory characters. The bank robbery is a big deal and has ties to people still in prison for other crimes.
60 min each episode, 6 episodes TV series created by Lynds La Plante with Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid, Blake Harrison, Alun Armstrong, Ruth Sheen Jessica Gunning, Andrew Brooke, Nick Sidi, Geraldine Somerville, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Nancy Carroll, Rosie Day, Clive De-Halton Gibson, Atilla G. Kerekes, Nick Nevern, Anthony Skordi.
Special Note: This is a prequel to the TV series starring Helen Mirren that was shown from 1991-2006. There was a failure to reach an agreement between ITV and Lynda La Plante the series will not be renewed for a second season in spite of high ratings (an average of 6 million viewers) for the first season.
Note: Imdb 7.5 out of 10, 50% critic 66% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.5* out of 5* with 2 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in England, UK. The bank robbery may have been based on the Baker Street bank robbery of 1971. Some of the actors have been on other BBC shows such as Call the Midwife and Father Brown.