Helen Mirren has been in her prime for about 20 years now, and shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, she is probably the Primiest actress in the world- racking up awards, critical raves and popular acclaim everywhere, and managing to become more beautiful every year. Back in '92, she was every bit as good, as DCI Jane Tennison, in the BBC production of Prime Suspect, Season 1. Peppered with great performances, the characters in this gritty procedural come to life, warts and all. Jane must not only solve a nasty murder, but she has to deal with a messy personal life, and collegues who neither like, nor respect her. This is a cracking 4 part (2 disc) story, and well worth renting (or owning, or watching on BBC, if they run it again). Check out a pre-pre-pre-Voldemort Ralph Feinnes in a small role.
Prime Suspect Season 1
You can tell this was made awhile ago- I think every single character smokes. Constantly.