Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness TV MA, L, V
February 18 + 25, 2007 on PBS
(Check local listings; dates and times may vary)
Aired previously April 2004
Let's get it over with, shall we? Prime Suspect 6... (is) the very rarest sort of television... one of the most worthwhile TV experiences of the year and Mirren is, basically, a goddess..."
-- The Observer
It's been seven years since internationally acclaimed actress and twice Academy Award nominee Helen Mirren nabbed her last killer as Inspector Tennison. Now, she's back -- older, wiser, and resolutely refusing to retire as her upstart male colleagues suggest -- in Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness.
For anyone worried that Mirren may have lost her touch, the London Sunday Times offers this praise for Prime Suspect 6: "This is Helen Mirren's masterpiece!"
The story finds Tennison, 54, now a high-ranking Detective Superintendent at the London Metropolitan Police, managing the big picture on dozens of murder investigations. But Jane can't resist taking a hands-on role investigating the brutal torture and murder of a young Bosnian refugee.
When her prime suspect turns out to be a "minor" war criminal given a new life in the UK after identifying higher profile war criminals, Tennison's quest for justice becomes increasingly complicated.
And as the case threatens to bring an early end to her career, Tennison faces the stark realization that she has little else left in her life, and everything to fight for.
Prime Suspect and its star have garnered more than 14 international awards, including three Primetime Emmy awards for Best Mini-Series, a Primetime Emmy for Helen Mirren as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special, and numerous BAFTA awards for both the series and Helen Mirren.
Occasionally, television dramas come along that are so very, very good they leave their audiences stunned... This new episode of Prime Suspect... is one of those dramas. There is little else that's come even close to it... for sheer originality and breadth of vision... Straight out of the top drawer, with a marvelous script of subtlety and complexity... beautifully acted and directed!
-- Radio Times