‘Prime Suspect’ Sequel ‘Tennison’ Greenlit by U.K. Broadcaster ITV (Variety)

Our thirst for more Jane Tennison may not produce another Helen Mirren project, but it appears an ITV Prime Suspect prequel is in the works. From Variety,

U.K. broadcaster ITV has greenlit a prequel to multi Emmy-winning crime series “Prime Suspect,” which starred Helen Mirren and ran for seven seasons. The new series “Tennison” will be written by “Prime Suspect” scribe Lynda La Plante, and will air next year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut of “Prime Suspect.”

“Tennison,” which will comprise six hour-long episodes, portrays the young Jane Tennison beginning her career and reveals why she became such a complex and formidable character in London’s police force. It’s set in East London in the 1970s, when women police officers are being uneasily “integrated” into the force. Twenty-two year-old Tennison is a probationary officer in a world where high-ranking police officers were notoriously chauvinistic, and the rules and regulations often bent.

Here’s hoping they cast a great actor to fill Mirren’s younger character’s shoes as well as work hard on a script worthy of the Prime Suspect name.

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