Prime Mirren: A Recap/Review of “Prime Suspect: The Final Act”
PBS repeated the first part of the last installment of "Prime Suspect" tonight on Masterpiece Theatre. I never wrote a recap/review the first time it aired but in honor of its re-airing I decided to post one now.
You all know I'm a loyalist when it comes to American television drama: "Lost," "24," "Damages," "House," they're all among my favorites. But I've always been a sucker for British television drama, especially mysteries. And I don't mean the prissy, drawing room mysteries where all the characters sit around drinking sherry waiting for Miss Marple to blurt out, "It was Reginald in the pantry with an andiron."
I'm talking about spy shows like "MI-5," and crime shows like "Cracker," and "Touching Evil." Shows written and acted ruthlessly, rarely selling out a character or a plot line. The European locales are a welcome change from Hollywood back lots, and the often unfamiliar acting pool means you never know which red shirt won't be returning to the Enterprise. Anyone can be killed off at a moment's notice. So when a show like "Prime Suspect" starring the fabulous Helen Mirren returns for "The Final Act, "I'm there.
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