Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4

Copyright Page

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pp. 5-5

Contents

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pp. 6-7

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

We are grateful to ITV/Granada Productions and Rex USA for granting us permission to use...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-22

Prime Suspect (Granada Television) is one of the most popular British television exports to the United States and around the globe. The series chronicles the career and...

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1. Analytic Framework

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pp. 23-36

In this chapter, we develop our framework for analyzing Prime Suspect. It is our intention that this framework serve as a benchmark for examining gender and...

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2. Prime Suspect and Women in Policing

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pp. 37-54

To a large extent, the early absence of women police protagonists from novels and television programs was an accurate reflection of social reality. As we discussed...

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3. Investigating and Challenging

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pp. 55-71

In this chapter we consider both the strategies of detection that enable Jane Tennison to solve cases and the television production techniques employed in the series...

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4. Doing Justice

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pp. 72-87

The crime genre offers a template for examining collective anxieties and issues of justice (Brunsdon 2000). Television crime productions generally, and police procedurals...

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5. Private Troubles and Public Issues

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pp. 88-108

The crime genre has long been characterized by individualism; that is, the criminal bears individual responsibility for his or her crime, and the investigator, a strong and...

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6. Prime Suspect and Progressive Moral Fiction

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pp. 109-142

As we noted in the Introduction, critics and scholars disagree about Prime Suspect’s success in transforming the sexist, racist, and conservative nature of most crime genre productions...

Appendix: Prime Suspect Episode Overview

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pp. 143-150

References

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pp. 151-160

Index

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pp. 161-168