ITV Announce Casting For Prime Suspect Prequel

ITV has announced that Stefanie Martini (Doctor Thorne) will star in Lynda La Plante’s six part prequel to Prime Suspect, entitled Tennison, which portrays the young Jane Tennison at the beginning of her career.

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 are notoriously chauvinistic, and the rules and regulations are 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.

Tennison works alongside senior investigating officer DCI Len Bradfield (Sam Reid) and DS Spencer Gibbs (Blake Harrison), 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.

Alun Armstrong (New Tricks), Ruth Sheen (Unforgotten), Lex Shrapnel (Medici: Masters of Florence) and Jay Taylor (Promise) are cast as crime family members Clifford, Renee, John and David Bentley. Jessica Gunning (Fortitude) will play fellow WPC Kath Morgan alongside Andrew Brooke (Da Vinci’s Demons) as Jane’s senior officer Sergeant Harris.

Nick Sidi (Silent Witness) and Geraldine Somerville (New Tricks) are cast as Jane’s parents, Andrew and Joyce. Rosie Day (Outlander) will play Jane’s sister Pam.

Tennison is currently filming on location in London.