ITV has revealed who will be playing the young incarnation of Helen Mirren’s iconic character Jane Tennison.
Tennison, the new prequel to Prime Suspect, has now started filming on location in London.
Stefanie Martini (Doctor Thorne, Endeavour) will lead the cast as the young Jane Tennison.
She’ll be joined by Blake Harrison (Dad’s Army, The Inbetweeners) and Sam Reid (Belle, The Riot Club) as Jane’s superiors DCI Len Bradfield and DS Spencer Gibbs in the six-part series, which follows Tennison at the beginning of her career, revealing why she became such a complex and formidable character in the Metropolitan Police.
Alun Armstrong (New Tricks), Ruth Sheen (Inside No.9), Lex Shrapnel (Medici: Masters of Florence) and Jay Taylor (Promise) will play crime family members Clifford, Renee, John and David Bentley.
The cast also includes Jessica Gunning (Fortitude) as fellow WPC Kath Morgan and Andrew Brooke (Da Vinci’s Demons) as Jane’s senior officer Sergeant Harris, with Nick Sidi (DCI Banks) and Geraldine Somerville (New Tricks) as Jane’s parents, and Rosie Day (Cuffs) as Jane’s sister Pam.
Starring Dame Helen Mirren as DCI Tennison, Prime Suspect launched on ITV in 1991 and ran for seven seasons until 2006.
The official synopsis for Tennison reads: “It’s Hackney in the 1970s, and women police constables are being uneasily ‘integrated’ into the force. We’re introduced to 22-year-old Jane, a probationary officer in a world where high-ranking police officers were notoriously chauvinistic, and the rules and regulations often bent.
“Single-minded and ambitious, if a touch naïve, Jane’s dedicated and instinctive approach to her career is evident from the start. Starting as a WPC on the beat, she is thrown in at the deep end, drawn into a brutal murder enquiry, and experiences first hand London’s violent criminal ganglands. She works alongside senior investigating officer DCI Bradfield, and in her first murder case, sees the devastating effects violent crime has on the victim’s family, as well as experiencing tragic ramifications herself.”
Tennison will air on ITV in 2016.
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