Great performances: Helen Mirren -- The actress shines as a tough and tenacious detective in ''Mystery! Prime Suspect''

By EW Staff
Updated December 25, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

With one unflinching close-up of her bare, lived-in face in Prime Suspect on Mystery! last January, Helen Mirren did more for the Year of the Woman than all the campaign slogans of 1992 put together. Tough and tenacious in her detective work, inattentive to her man at home, and strung taut to near-fraying by the conflicts of work and love, Mirren’s Chief Inspector Jane Tennison was a dramatic marvel. Marvelous news: Prime Suspect 2 will air in February.