The prequel to Granada Television’s Prime Suspect, is to star Stefanie Martini, Sam Reid and Blake Harrison in Tennison, which has begun filming on location in London.
Martini, Reid and Harrison join forces to star in the six part series which portrays the young Jane Tennison (Martini) at the beginning of her career, revealing why she became such a complex and formidable character in the Metropolitan Police. Sam Reid and Blake Harrison are cast as Jane’s superiors DCI Len Bradfield and DS Spencer Gibbs.
It’s Hackney in the 1970s, and women police constables are being uneasily ‘integrated’ into the force. We’re introduced to 22-year-old Jane, a probationary officer in a world where high-ranking police officers were notoriously chauvinistic, and the rules and regulations often bent. Single-minded and ambitious, if a touch naïve, Jane’s dedicated and instinctive approach to her career is evident from the start. Starting as a WPC on the beat, she is thrown in at the deep end, drawn into a brutal murder enquiry, and experiences first hand London’s violent criminal ganglands. She works alongside senior investigating officer DCI Bradfield, and in her first murder case, sees the devastating effects violent crime has on the victim’s family, as well as experiencing tragic ramifications herself.
Alun Armstrong, Ruth Sheen, Lex Shrapnel and Jay Taylor are cast as crime family members Clifford, Renee, John and David Bentley. Jessica Gunning is also cast as fellow WPC Kath Morgan alongside Andrew Brooke as Jane’s senior officer Sergeant Harris. Nick Sidi and Geraldine Somerville are cast as Jane’s parents, Andrew and Joyce. Rosie Day will play Jane’s sister Pam. Further cast includes Joshua Hill as DC Edwards, Daniel Ezra as DC Ashton, Tommy McDonnell as DC Hudson, and Jordan Long as DS Paul Lawrence.
The hour long episodes, written by Lynda La Plante, have been devised to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Prime Suspect episode airing on ITV in 1991. Seven series of the iconic police drama were produced from 1991-2006 by Manchester’s Granada Television for the network. The production starred Dame Helen Mirren (pictured) who brought DCI Tennison and later Detective Superintendent Tennison to life.
The series will air later this year.