September 3, 2009

U.S. version of ‘Prime Suspect’ planned

NBC is developing a U.S. remake of the popular British television series Prime Suspect, which starred Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren.

Mirren picked up three Baftas and Two Emmys for her portrayal of Police Chief Jane Tennison in the crime drama.

The show ran on British TV for seven seasons between 1991 and 2006. The co-production between ITV's Granada and Boston's WGBH first aired in the United States in 1992 as part of WGBH's Mystery series.

Our intention is to create another classic television show from this brilliant original format, NBC's Angela Bromstad told the BBC. ('Without a Trace's') Hank Steinberg was key in helping us secure this project, and we are incredibly excited about this modern vision for the show.

ITV earlier this year made a deal with NBC that allows it to produce a U.K. version of the American network's long-running Law and Order series, the BBC noted.