Prime Suspect: Tennison the highly anticipated prequel to global hit Prime Suspect is set to air on MASTERPIECE on PBS following a deal secured by ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE).
The six part series is a co-production of ITV Studios, NoHo Film and Television and Masterpiece for ITV and will portray the early career of one of television’s most famous detectives Jane Tennison. The news comes in advance of the launch of Prime Suspect: Tennison at MIPCOM next week.
Prime Suspect: Tennison is a visually-stunning, cinematic-style drama which rewinds to 1970s London to portray the early career of the formidable DCI Jane Tennison, the role that established Oscar® winner Dame Helen Mirren as a household name. Prime Suspect: Tennison meets Jane as an ambitious, single-minded 22-year-old probationary officer, starting out as a WPC in a world where chauvinism and rule-bending are the norm.
Prime Suspect: Tennison is adapted from the bestselling novel Tennison by acclaimed author Lynda La Plante.
Greg Johnson, EVP Distribution, Americas said: “One of the wonderful things about launching this series to the international market is that Tennison feels very topical and fresh, through the many complex and very current themes it explores. Yet it has the benefit of inheriting an international audience of loyal fans who loved Prime Suspect.”
Johnson added: “PBS was the original US home of Prime Suspect so we are thrilled that they are continuing their association with this brilliant series on Masterpiece. We have a long and successful relationship working with Masterpiece to bring new, British drama to American audiences and we’re delighted to be continuing this with Tennison.”
Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton said: “Jane Tennison was adored by Masterpiece audiences, who cheered her on as she tried to make it in a man’s world. Prime Suspect: Tennison will imagine the events that made Jane the tenacious, difficult, and brilliant detective she became.”
Tennison’s dedicated, instinctive approach is evident from the start as she is thrown into a brutal murder enquiry, witnessing first-hand the devastating effects of violent crime, as well as experiencing tragic ramifications herself. Immersed in the music, fashion and politics that defined a generation, we follow Jane Tennison as she establishes herself in a man’s world, revealing the complexities of her ambition and personal life that shaped one of television’s most iconic female characters.
The deal was brokered for ITVS GE by Greg Johnson. Prime Suspect: Tennison will be launched to the international market by ITVS GE at MIPCOM.