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Prime Suspect set for US remake

Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect
Dame Helen Mirren has won three Baftas for her role in Prime Suspect

Award-winning British drama Prime Suspect, starring Dame Helen Mirren, is to be remade in the US

Seven series, written by Lynda La Plante and starring Oscar winner Mirren as police chief Jane Tennison, ran between 1991 and 2006.

"Our intention is to create another classic television show from this brilliant original format," said NBC's Angela Bromstad.

Without A Trace's Hank Steinberg will write the initial two-hour pilot show.

"Hank Steinberg was key in helping us secure this project, and we are incredibly excited about this modern vision for the show," added Ms Bromstad.

Household name

Prime Suspect, originally a co-production between ITV's Granada and the Boston-based network WGBH, first aired in the US in 1992 as part of the Mystery series.

The show went on to win two Emmys for lead actress Mirren - making her a household name in the US.

The project marks a new collaboration between ITV and NBC, with the US network committed to a further two pilots of ITV series over the next two years.

Earlier this year, ITV signed on to produce a UK version of the NBC series Law and Order.

Previous drama collaborations between ITV (as Granada America) and US networks include the hit series Cracker and Cold Feet.

The seventh and final instalment of Prime Suspect aired on ITV1 in October 2006, winning best actress for Mirren at the Royal Television Society Awards the following year.



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