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Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement 

Detective Tennison investigates a seemingly straightforward drug murder that she believes is linked to a smugly smooth crime boss.

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Ray Emmet Brown ...  Michael Johns 2 episodes, 1996
John Brobbey John Brobbey ...  DC Henry Adeliyeka 2 episodes, 1996
Julia Lane ...  DI Devanney 2 episodes, 1996
Steven Mackintosh ...  The Street 2 episodes, 1996
John McArdle ...  DCS Ballinger 2 episodes, 1996
David O'Hara ...  DS Rankine 2 episodes, 1996
Joe Jacobs Joe Jacobs ...  Campbell Lafferty 2 episodes, 1996
David Norman David Norman ...  Tony Rice 2 episodes, 1996
Martin Ronan Martin Ronan ...  DS Pardy 2 episodes, 1996
Tony Audenshaw Tony Audenshaw ...  DC Growse 2 episodes, 1996
Anne Hornby Anne Hornby ...  DC Skinner 2 episodes, 1996
Gabrielle Reidy Gabrielle Reidy ...  Noreen Lafferty 2 episodes, 1996
Marsha Thomason ...  Janice Lafferty 2 episodes, 1996
Joe Speare Joe Speare ...  Radio 2 episodes, 1996
Paul Oldham Paul Oldham ...  Toots 2 episodes, 1996
Chris Bisson ...  Nazir 2 episodes, 1996
Sarah Jones Sarah Jones ...  Deborah 2 episodes, 1996
Steve Money Steve Money ...  Desk Sergeant 2 episodes, 1996
Paul Warriner Paul Warriner ...  Paramedic 2 episodes, 1996
Ravin J. Ganatra Ravin J. Ganatra ...  Mooz 2 episodes, 1996
Badi Uzzaman ...  Mr. Ahmed 2 episodes, 1996
Paul Simpson Paul Simpson ...  Outboard 2 episodes, 1996
Emma Longbottom Emma Longbottom ...  Girl With Child 2 episodes, 1996
Stuart Wolfenden ...  Cheeky Reporter 2 episodes, 1996
Andy Devine Andy Devine ...  Gravefaced Reporter 2 episodes, 1996
Julian Kerridge Julian Kerridge ...  Young Doctor 2 episodes, 1996
Adam Evans Adam Evans ...  Photographer 2 episodes, 1996
David Webber ...  Rector 2 episodes, 1996
Vanessa Knox-Mawer Vanessa Knox-Mawer ...  Louise Ballinger 2 episodes, 1996
Glyn Dilley ...  Soco Officer 2 episodes, 1996
David Kangas David Kangas ...  Pocklington 2 episodes, 1996


Tennison on a new beat investigates the killing of a drug runner, with the runner's employer, "The Street," as her prime suspect. Meanwhile, The Street is conducting his own investigation into the killing, with the help of his team of hoodlums and his vicious Rottweilers. And as Tennison rankles that her subordinates accuse her of sleeping her way to the top, she begins an affair with her married supervisor. Written by Bil Boozer <bilboozer@gsu.edu>

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Release Date:

9 February 1997 (USA) See more »

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Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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1.33 : 1
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CPS is short for Crown Prosecution Service. See more »


Superintendent Jane Tennison: Listen, I don't know what you've heard about me, but, ehm...
DCS Ballinger: What have I heard?
Superintendent Jane Tennison: "That bloody Jane Tennison, she'll be storming into your nick, the balls of your best officers trailing from her jaws, spraying people with claret, calling people Masons, threatening resignation..." Well, I... I just wanted to tell you I'm not a complete maniac.
DCS Ballinger: Aren't you? How disappointing.
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Follows Prime Suspect: Inner Circles (1995) See more »

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25 November 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Supt. Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) is sent up north. She witnesses an organized thieve ring. The kids she talks to are cynical. Drug mule Nazir is killed and Tennison has a case. The Street is the leader of the drug gang and he's immediately the prime suspect. He sees himself as the celebrity ruler and blessed constantly escaping prosecution. He's not the killer and tries to find the killer himself as a gang war looms. DC Henry Adeliyeka, DI Devanney, and DS Rankine are the main investigators for Tennison who starts sleeping with the married boss. Local kid Campbell Lafferty comes in and confesses to the shooting.

The franchise is going back to the extended episode which ends up with quite a bit of filler. This could easily be turned back to the previous two hour slot. Julia Lane and David O'Hara are great supporting actors in this. There is always Mirren. Steven Mackintosh plays The Street a little over the top. There are scarier ways to play the character. Overall, this is solid Prime Suspect but a little stretched.

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