Assigned to a Vice squad, Detective Jane Tennison investigates a child murder and discovers a sinister link to the police.

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Series cast summary:
 DCI Jane Tennison (2 episodes, 1993)
 Sgt. Bill Otley (2 episodes, 1993)
Karen Tomlin ...
 WPC Norma Hastings (2 episodes, 1993)
 James Jackson (2 episodes, 1993)
 Vera Reynolds (2 episodes, 1993)
 Supt. Halliday (2 episodes, 1993)
 WPC Kathy Bibby (2 episodes, 1993)
 Insp. Larry Hall (2 episodes, 1993)
Terrence Hardiman ...
 Commander Chiswick (2 episodes, 1993)
 DI Brian Dalton (2 episodes, 1993)
Richard Hawley ...
 DS Richard Haskons (2 episodes, 1993)
Philip Wright ...
 DC Lillie (2 episodes, 1993)
Mark Drewry ...
 DI Ray Hebdon (2 episodes, 1993)
 Chief Supt. Kernan (2 episodes, 1993)
Terence Harvey ...
 John Kennington (2 episodes, 1993)
Pearce Quigley ...
 Red (2 episodes, 1993)
 Edward Parker-Jones (2 episodes, 1993)
Andrew Dicks ...
 Billy Matthews (2 episodes, 1993)
Alyson Spiro ...
 Margaret Speel (2 episodes, 1993)
Steven Crossley ...
 Mark Lewis (2 episodes, 1993)
John Axon ...
 Jackson's Lawyer (2 episodes, 1993)
 Jessica Smithy (2 episodes, 1993)
Felix Bell ...
 Rutter (2 episodes, 1993)
Robin Polley ...
 Club MC (2 episodes, 1993)


Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison moves to a new district and is put in charge of a vice investigation instead of homicide. But soon a homicide case impinges on her new job when a very young male prostitute is murdered in the apartment of Vera Reynolds, a female impersonator. Soon Jane is on the trail of the boy's brutal young pimp (played by David Thewlis). But her investigation is complicated by the Old Boy's Network, which is spying on her and is more concerned with preventing scandal than bringing the villain to justice. Written by Reid Gagle

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Did You Know?


In his lecture at the beginning of the film, Jake says that all known serial killers are male -- with exception to a recent case in the United States. This is a reference to Aileen Wuornos, who was arrested and charged in 1992 for murdering seven men. See more »


When Parker-Jones walks into the police station, he is alone, but after the interrogation room door is closed, his lawyer suddenly appears. See more »


DCI Jane Tennison: [to Otley] Dig around and see what you come up with on the quiet.
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Follows Prime Suspect 2 (1992) See more »


I Want to Be Loved By You
Sung by Linda Taylor
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Stunning performance by Mirren and cast
31 August 2004 | by (Seattle WA) – See all my reviews

The director did a superb job pulling PS 3 together. There are many twists and turns and unexpected endings. This shows the fullness of human nature in graphic, dark but jarring peeks into a modern police investigation. It also is a thought provoking portrayal of how powerless we often are to bring about meaningful change in erasing the root causes of such crimes from our communities.

The interjection of the investigation teams personal and sexual lives adds to the drama and richness of PS 3. The beginnings of life, childhood interrupted and the degradation of some of humanity is well portrayed. The dialogue is often excellent and you have to listen to some of the questioning sessions carefully to pick up nuances that become important later. The resolution is not as expected leaving the audience with a lot to think about about the rent boy issue today.

Mirren again bucks the system and the old boy network. the crusty Sergeant Bill Otley also surprises -- sometimes hard and occasionally "soft" when faced with the grit and horror of the crimes they are investigating.

There is no sugar coating hear. Highly recommended.

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