Jackie Malton

Jason's interviewee on this episode was the inspiration for Helen Mirren's character in the ITV crime drama series 'Prime Suspect'. Jackie Malton joined the police force in 1970 and climbed up the ranks despite being a gay woman in a heavily male-dominated environment. She tackled robberies with the famous 'Flying Squad' branch of the Met, and acted as a whistleblower on police corruption in the eighties. Partly as a result of the culture she'd been working in, Jackie slipped into alcoholism, and has been in recovery since 1992. She now puts all that experience to use, working as a story consultant for other crime dramas, and as a clinician in HMP Coldingley, helping addicted prisoners. You can also see her in her own CBS Reality show, 'The Real Prime Suspect'.

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