Prime Suspect prequel on its way

News Louisa Mellor 19 Feb 2014 - 07:06

It's very early days, but Lynda La Plante plans to adapt her new Prime Suspect novel into a TV prequel for DCI Jane Tennison

BAFTA ceremony viewers last saw Dame Helen Mirren reciting from The Tempest and giving a well-deserved shout-out to inspirational teachers in her Fellowship acceptance speech (give us credit for not making a terrible Lord Of The Rings joke there). It was though, less for Shakespeare than for TV detective drama Prime Suspect that the stage and screen actor broke into the public consciousness.

Now, a Mirren-less Prime Suspect prequel is on the cards according to its creator. Lynda La Plante has announced she is writing a novel, due for release in 2015, telling the early story of Tennison's career in the force and set in the late seventies and early eighties. La Plante will then adapt that novel for television, possibly bringing us a new Prime Suspect prequel series in 2016, the twenty-five year anniversary of the original series.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Front Row, La Plante admitted that Dame Mirren would be unlikely to cameo in the series (unless it was a Call The Midwife-style Vanessa Redgrave voiceover, it's difficult to see how that would work), and that she has no casting in mind as yet for the lead role.

Over to us then, who could pull off a young Jane Tennison? Let the premature casting speculation begin...

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