Lynda La Plante on what she learnt about pre-90s British policing's macho culture when creating Jane Tennison. With Mark Lawson.
Dame Helen Mirren's portrayal of DCI Jane Tennison created a new image of women police officers in Britain. Lynda La Plante describes the creation of her character and what serving officers taught her about the macho culture of British policing before the millennium.
The Granada TV series which first aired in 1991 was sold around the world. Dutch best seller Saskia Noort and Scottish authors Ian Rankin and Val McDermid discuss its impact with Mark Lawson.
Producer: Robyn Read
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.