Sitting up late and knitting (of course I was knitting) the other night, I was thrilled to learn that my local PBS station is re-airing Tennison, a wonderful crime show from two years ago that was cancelled after the first 3-episode series. It had stayed with me all this time, which is astonishing given how much I adore the original, long-running series starring Helen Mirren, Prime Suspect, for which Tennison is a prequel. Tennison is different from Prime Suspect, but it’s well worth watching in its own right, and as an introduction to one of the detective genre’s most compelling characters, Jane Tennison.
Here’s my earlier post recommending Tennison. Check your local listings to see if your PBS station is airing it. If you’ve signed up for PBS passport (as a supporter of public television), it might be streaming there, as it is in my area, on Thirteen Passport.
If nothing else, watch it for the soundtrack, and to see what London’s East End looked like in the 1970s. My theory as to why the show was cancelled is that it simply cost too much to travel back in time so artfully.