Winner 1993

Mystery! Prime Suspect

Granada Television of England, WGBH-TV, Boston, Massachusetts

“Gritty and graphic” describes the finest dramatic mini-series to grace television screens in years: Mystery! Prime Suspect. Helen Mirren brilliantly brings the uncompromising, riveting character of Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison to life. Tennison is the lone woman with authority in the male-dominated preserve of London’s police force in this landmark series, produced by Granada Television and aired in the United States as a part of the PBS Mystery! series. As DCI Jane Tennison, Ms. Mirren runs a daily gauntlet of sexism, patronization, and racism as she deals with the minutiae of crime. Tennison’s steely, independent character includes contradictions, compassion, and vulnerability. For adroitly intertwining emotional, political, and dramatic themes, a Peabody to Granada Television of England in association with WGBH/Boston for Mystery! Prime Suspect—a mini-series of unmatched quality and integrity.