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"Prime Suspect 7"

Masterpiece Contemporary

by Mark Frauenfelder

I've never seen Masterpiece Theatre's Prime Suspect, but the series' last installment, "The Final Act," doesn't require knowledge of the previous six chapters to enjoy.

Helen Mirren plays Jane Tennison, a London Metropolitan Police detective superintendent in her late fifties. She's been a cop since she was 17 years old, and retirement is just a month away. She's also hardcore alcoholic -- blackouts, vodka instead of food for breakfast, drinking on the job -- but she's also an excellent detective, which just might be why she drinks so much. She has become so emotionally involved in her work that she uses alcohol to numb the pain.

And the pain comes in bucketloads for poor Tennison. During the course of her investigation to find out how a working class 14-year-old girl was murdered, she absorbs so many bad vibes it would drive Carrie Nation to throw her axe away and belly up to the bar with the rest of the miserable punters drowning their sorrows.

Her father is dying of cancer, and she feels a tremendous amount of guilt for not having lived up to his expectations (he wanted her to be an artist, not a cop). Her co-workers treat her with a mixture of awe (for her brilliant detective work) and revulsion (for being a drunk). The father of murdered girl spits in her face and calls her a "bitch." The suspect she's investigating threatens her with a gun and calls her a "bitch," too. Like a grim Rodney Dangerfield, she can't get no respect.

Four hours is a long time for any drama to unfold, but the tension escalates with each tick of the clock, making this one of the most thrilling police dramas I can remember watching. As you'd expect from Masterpiece Theatre, the acting is top-notch, but Helen Mirren and a teenage girl she befriends stand out as absolutely superb actors.

Comments

Was disappointed only lasted 1&1/2 hours-what gives? Didn't want it to end,great drama and acting. Counting the hours till next installment!

what was the poem Penny read at Sallie's funeral? i would like to read the whole thing.

I was curious about the poem read at Sally's funeral. Who wrote it?

Does anyone know when the next one will be.

Re Prime Suspect 7 on PBS, I too, am curious about the lovely poem read at Sally's funeral. Would like to know who wrote it, and would appreciate anyone who knows to send me an email answering this question. Thanks. I would love to have a copy of this poem.

Poem read at funeral sounds like Auden - very similar to the Auden poem read in 4 Weddings and a Funeral

Saw Helen Mirren in "The Queen" on Saturday night and in "The Final Act" on Sunday. Hope Masterpiece Theater finds additional productions to feature her. She's the best.

The poem is "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep" by Mary Frye.

Who was the artist who painted
"The Strawberry Girl"?

I am also curious who was the author of the poem read at Sallie's funeral...

What was the song that Jane danced around to?

Strawberry Girl was painted by the famous English painter Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). Tennison mentions him briefly.

I taped Sunday's episode, then acidentally taped over the last 30 minutes before I had a chance to watch it. There is an area on the web site that indicates one can watch it online if one missed the episode, but all that is shown in the player is the 30 second preview. Does someone know how I can watch the first episode online? Thanks

Does anyone know if the poem Penny reads during the funeral is original or from a source? I tried to locate it online on poemhunters.com using some of the lines, but came up empty.

I think it would be great to run the old shows of Prime Suspect once again . They are all so well done. I feel so sad for Tennison as she has to face her demons and continue her career and then be forced to retire.

YES, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO SEE ALL THE PRIME SUSPECTS AGAIN. THIS SHOULD BE A PREMIUM WHEN YOU ARE DOING PLEDGE WEEK. THIS WOULD BE WORTH THE MONEY. IN FACT, ALL THE OLD MASTERPIECE THEATERS WOULD BE GREAT. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM ALL AGAIN. ESPECIALLY, THE ONE I THINK WAS CALLED "HOUSE OF CARDS"; THE ONE ABOUT WINSTON CHURCHILL'S MOTHER, I THINK IT WAS CALLED "JENNY". I NEVER MISS MYSTERY OR MASTERPIECE THEATRE. AND FOR THE ONE WHO TAPED OVER THE ENDING, GET A TIVO OR DVR. YOU MIGHT ERASE IT, BUT YOU WON'T TAPE OVER IT.

Will you rebroadcast the first 6 productions of Pime Suspect soon? Would draw a crowd for sure.

Anything Helen Mirren is in is worth watching. That is how I started watching The Prime Suspects. The Queen is only the latest of many fine performances.

I went back and watched the first Prime Suspect to get a sense of how Helen Mirren portrayed Jane Tennyson in the original. It remains - like the rest of the Prime Suspect editions - a dandy. It certainly doesn't show any signs of aging. I didn't remember much of its plot. I agree with those who are asking PBS to replay the whole series. You could do far worse.

Was anyone else surprised by the unduly melodramatic conclusion to Part 1 of Prime Suspect 7? I liked the fact that her old nemesis sergeant (Jack) shows up as an A.A. member. He was a true bastard toward her in the first episode But having him shot here seemed a bit over the top to me. Why was HE shot and not Jane or Penny, which would have made some sense? (OK I understand why we can't have Jane shot half way through her final episode!)

Helen Mirren seems to have the capacity to play virtually any role she chooses. But as Jane Tennyson, she's the very best cop on television of either gender!

What happened to the last hour of Prime Suspect Final Act - there was no video feed. When will it be rebroadcast?

will prime suspect be rerun on pbs???

Is this really a new programme? Seems like I have seen it before. What is the production date?

I missed the last 30 minutes of Prime Suspect VII, Final Curtain. Will it be rebroadcast? Any summary available?

I missed the last part of #7! I had it set up to tape, but somehow it didn't work. Will the entire #7 be re-broadcast or will at least the very end!?

I missed the second part of the episode. But the poem listed above has three different ways to say it, I can email you the three. No-one is really the author. I send them as a message of condolence when someone dies.
As for viewing old Prime Suspect, I view them all by getting them from the public library in DVD and or videotape.

Will there be a repeat showing of Prime Suspect 7?
I missed part 2.
Thank you

In response to the question, "when is the next installment?" sadly this was it. Helen Mirren has said in recent interviews this was the last "Prime Suspect" and the final bow for Jane Tennison.

OK...I screwed up and forgot to tape the second part of Prime Suspect 7! Is there any information on when it will be rebroadcast?

I think it's time that the Queen of England (yes, the current one) take note of Helen Mirren by naming her a Lady. Mirren is one of the finest actresses in the British Empire. I've watched every episode of Prime Suspect since the beginning more than once(since I had taped them all) and I too am disappointed that it's over. However, Mirren said she had a good run and as talented as Mirren is, she won't side idly. She'll continue to obtain roles in which she will shine. (Lady) Mirren is a woman of substance!
Mary Laughlin, Des Moines, Iowa

Oh, now I feel a fool! Helen Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003! I guess I'm surprised she isn't referred to as Dame Helen Mirren more often, using the title each time. She's such an unassuming person, I gather, that perhaps she doesn't want that. Oh, what do I know? I just think she's wonderful in any case and now I want to go back and see some of her early films, perhaps her first.
Mary Laughlin (still), Des Moines, Iowa

I, too, didn't capture the last 30 minutes. When will the dvd be available? Did Tennison die, did Penny kill Sally?

Yes, I too, missed Part 2 of VII! Please, someone post - who did it!?

(do not stand at my grave and weep)
by Mary Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

I set my DVR to record Prime Suspect 7 at the times listed on the Comcast program guide, but when I went to view them after the second episode aired, I instead found episodes of "American Experience." Did anyone have a similar problem? More importantly, has there been any indication of whether and when the programs will be re-broadcast?

I have the feeling there was no Part 2 of the Prime Suspect Final Act. I think leaving people hanging like that is a rotten thing to do. I intend to always tape Masterpiece theatre from now on and watch the ending first. You have spoiled Masterpiece theatre for me.

Missed the two hours of,Prime Suspect
VII Final Act.When will it rerun,2006
or in 2007.

Im on Pins & Needles

HELP HELP

Carolyn

When will there be another showing of Prime suspects # 7?

Will "the final act" be reaired? Missed 2nd half.
Cidny

I have watched 6 episodes of PRIME SUSPECT and Helen Mirren is great in all of them. I did not know there was an episode 7. Now I know and will be checking for the DVD to check out, rent, or buy. If I had to vote on the 3 best, it would be 1, 2, and 5. I look forward to watching PRIME SUSPECT 7.

Prime Suspect 7...today is 3/7/07 When will this show be aired again?

thank you!

Terry Garcia

Re Prime Suspect VII, I'm one of those who missed the last 30 min. Where can I buy or hear it; when will it be re-broadcast? barb alker

I have been a fan of Primr Suspect from its naissance. I can not get enough and dread when it is over. I had been living on the island of Kauai on the beach in a tent since last September 2006 and just got back to Calif. end of Jan. 2007 and my Mom informed me that there had been a Prime Suspect 7 and that it was the last!!! Nooooooo!!!! I love the Jane Tennison character and no one but Helen Mirren could have given her the life that she breathed into that character but then Helen Mirren is a true actress. She is superb in all her works. But, I missed P.S. 7 in Nov. and missed the 1st half of it this month, March. Drats!!! It's my fault for reading too much and not watching boob tube enough. Will they replay it again does anyone know and can we all request a marthon of P.S. 1234567 in a row!!!!! Meanwhile, Mind the GAP! Tamsin

How would I be able to buy the Prime Suspect series on DVD?

When is Prime Suspect VII being rebroadcast?

When is Prime Suspect 7 going to be rebroadcast? We only saw the first part of Part 7 and haven't been able to obtain a copy. Is it possible to obtain a copy of that second part? We have the DVD but it only contains the first part.

i missed the end where someone was shot. I don't understand who killed Sallie and who the father of her unborn baby was. Where can I find out?

I only saw the final act of 7. I feel I wasted 2 hours as there was no conclusion.I did feel the acting was great. Is this going to continue? If not, what's the point??

http://www.businessballs.com/donotstandatmygraveandweep.htm

do not stand at my grave and weep)
by Mary Frye

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

When is the last episode? I was completely engrossed in the drama and adore Helen Mirren. She is a superb craftswoman.
CSD

The poem as listed in previous comments is attributed to Mary Frye. However her authorship is apparently in dispute. In any event the actual poem read by Penny is the popular version and not that quoted in these comments. It follows:

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

I looked up Part II of Prime Suspect VII and it was listed as being on at 9:00 on December 29th. Instead, I was presented with Roadshow Antiques. Can you tell me when I can watch the 2nd and final part of Prime Suspect VII.

the final act part 1 was shown on 12/16/07 - when will you repeat part 2? -I missed it - any chance Ms Mirren will bring Jane out of retirement? thank you.

I watched Prime suspect 7 on t.v. Even though it was the second half I was up till 2 a.m. watching it,immersed. And was late for school the next day.

Since then I have tried to watch all of Prime suspect. I have watched the first on you tube and was in awe, if anyone knows where I can watch the rest online, that would be of great help!

Prime Suspect is truly on a level of its own, it portrays life and human emotions so realistically. Since watching it cannot stand to watch normal t.v. shows anymore.

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