Adapted from Lynda La Plante’s bestselling novel, Tennison, and produced by independent production company, Noho Film and Television, ITV is proud to present brand new crime drama, Prime Suspect 1973.
Starring Stefanie Martini as the young WPC Jane Tennison, the six-part drama charts the rise of the novice policewoman as she assists in her first murder investigation, revealing her first steps towards becoming the complex and formidable character that viewers have come to know.
Adapted by Glen Laker, the hotly-anticipated series is set in 1970s Hackney, where women police constables are slowly being integrated into the force. Amongst them is 22-year-old Jane, a naïve get determined probationary officer learning the ropes in a world where high-ranking police officers are notoriously chauvinistic and the rules often bent.
Working alongside her superior, DI Bradfield (Sam Reid), Tennison is thrown in at the deep end on her first case, experiencing London’s violent criminal ganglands first hand and witnessing the devastating effects that such crimes have.
Following his arrest, a badly beaten Terrence O’Duncie is brought into the station. With Gibbs on the hook for his attack, Bradfield asks Jane to make a decision with huge repercussions for her future.
The case escalates when Eddie Philips’ body is discovered in the canal, and Bradfield suspects they’re looking at a double murder. He questions O’Duncie about his connections with Eddie and Julie Ann, but his progress is halted when O’Duncie’s solicitor files an official complaint against Gibbs.
Meanwhile, Clifford Bentley and his sons start digging from the café to the bank, but they risk getting caught when David fails to notice the police presence outside as he’s high. Silas manages to reassure the police that they’re carrying out refurbishments but Clifford and John confront David about his worsening drug habit and unreliability.