Helen Mirren is Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison in the fifth of the series Prime Suspect that aired on PBS in January, 1992. Having been demoted and transferred to the north, D.C.I. Tennison finds herself under-us... more »ed until she gets a case where a 12-year-old-boy confesses to murder.« less
"I remember watching Prime Suspect 5: Errors Of Judgement when it was shown on PBS. Nothing was on television at the time and I was scanning different channels. I started watching the miniseries in the midst of the first episode. After the first ten minutes I was hooked! I even watched it again when PBS decided to repeat it!!Helen Mirren is amazing as Detective Jane Tennison!In this outing Tennison is demoted and starts working in Manchester. As soon as Tennison gets back on duty she recieves an assignment: a murder. I don't want to go into too many details. There are a few twists and turns and suspense moments. You will even keep guessing at the end.We even still get to see more of Jane's personal life.The standout performance in this set goes to Steven Mackintosh hands down!! Everytime he's on screen your eyes will stay on him. He's so despicable, cocky, and clever but likable at the same time."
D. Noel | Victoria, BC Canada | 03/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As in every film she appears in, Helen Mirren takes my breath away in Prime Suspect 5. It's impossible to take your eyes off her when she's on screen, and I can watch her movies endlessly and always find new depth in her characterizations. This entry in the series is just as good as 1,2,3,6 and 7 (4 was still good, but broken up into shorter stories, so for me not as impactful). Mirren is divine, and as much as I love all her performances, her embodiment of the complex, lonely and deeply ethical Tennison will always be my favorite."
Thrilling, inspiring and suspenseful!
Snowbrocade | Santa Barbara, CA | 03/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Superior police detective drama--it doesn't get better than this!! I watched every episode of this series as it came out and recently rented the whole series and watched it from beginning to end. It is enthralling and mesmerizing--I never get tired of it.
I particularly like that Prime Suspect 5 is set in Manchester--great accents! Too bad they don't do subtitles--it takes a little time to get used to."
A work of cinematic art
M. Austin | Houston, Texas United States | 08/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I originally watched the series 5 episodes while in London on the BBC. I was enthralled by the depth of the characters and the real life portrayal of the events. Helen Mirren is in a class by herself. "The Street" is one of the best "bad guys" ever created, cocky, bold and brutal. This series may be too realistic for some, it can be a little disturbing at times. Best cop series I have ever seen."
I never thought it would happen.
Blitzkrieg | Outer Space | 05/11/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I have been watching these shows for the last month and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them, until I saw 5. This is the worst writing of any of them so far with major overacting by the bad guy, completely unrealistic really. All of the gritty realism has been stripped away and replaced with soap opera antics. The writers have also turned Helen Mirren's character into a total dunderhead. What she does at the end is beyond words. It's as if the writers or producers decided to model the show after Murder She Wrote or Matlock or even Columbo. Her character is so much smarter than that and deserves better. Nobody with her level of experience and intelligence would behave so stupidly or put her life at such risk. Even the case is uninteresting. Everyone who watched it with me felt no compassion for the victims or anyone involved for that matter. Usually we are all transfixed from beginning to end. Also, the Manchester accents become hard to decipher at times and in the case of the bad guy, extremely annoying. I certainly hope that 6 and 7 are better than 5 and go back to the quality storytelling that made 1 through 4 so good."