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In Series 2, Tennison has proven herself and won her colleagues' grudging respect. When she is assigned to head a murder inquiry in the African Caribbean community, it seems further ... See full summary »

Director:

John Strickland

Writers:

Allan Cubitt, Lynda La Plante (devised by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... DCI Jane Tennison
Colin Salmon ... DS Robert Oswalde
John Benfield ... D Supt Michael Kernan
Jack Ellis ... DI Tony Muddyman
Craig Fairbrass ... DI Frank Burkin
Richard Hawley Richard Hawley ... DS Richard Haskons
Philip Wright ... DC Lillie
Ian Fitzgibbon Ian Fitzgibbon ... DC Jones
Andrew Tiernan ... DC Rosper
Lloyd McGuire ... Sgt Calder
Stephen Boxer ... DCI Thorndike
Dev Sagoo Dev Sagoo ... Mr. Viswandha
Shireen Shah Shireen Shah ... Mrs. Viswandha
Jesse Singh Jesse Singh ... Viswandha Boy
Nelson Fletcher Nelson Fletcher ... Builder
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In Series 2, Tennison has proven herself and won her colleagues' grudging respect. When she is assigned to head a murder inquiry in the African Caribbean community, it seems further evidence that her star is on the rise. Suddenly she's in the thick of a racial controversy, working with a black detective who is also her former lover (guest star Colin Salmon, Keen Eddie), and dealing with prejudice in the field and on her team. Tennison begins to wonder if she's been handed a plum case or hung out to dry. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1992 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Tennison is interviewing Vernon Allen about his ownership of number fifteen, she states that he bought the house in 1989 (despite the body being buried in 1986) and then says he sold the house, with Harvey as a sitting tenant, in 1989. See more »

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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Nadine
Written by Chuck Berry
Performed by the Incident Room Guys
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Complexities of Racism
23 October 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Two things are at work in this episode. The first is the case of a highly decomposed body of a young woman, found in the garden outside a home. The second has to do with the black Caribbean people who feel the police have no interest in them or their problems. They feel they are singled out constantly (sound at all familiar?). Tennison, Helen Mirren's detective character, has been having a tryst with a tall handsome black man. They eventually break up, but when relations between the black and white culture go stale, Inspector Oswald is brought into the precinct. This sets up incredible tension where Tennison becomes quite unfair and paranoid. Her humanness is an important part of her character. She is many-dimensional. Eventually, forensics are able to determine the identity of the young woman. Major focus is on a man who owned the house and rented a basement apartment to a woman. He is a racist and had come into conflict with a neighboring black family. He is also extremely ill and has very little time left. We find that like Tennison's character, the black man now working, is treated to all kinds of prejudicial treatment ("keeping him in his place," so to speak). There are numerous unanswered questions as the episode concludes.


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