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"Prime Suspect 3" (1993) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 1993-

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Prime Suspect 3: :  -- In Series 3, DCI Tennison has been transferred to a new station and a new assignment: getting prostitutes off the streets of Soho. But when a 17-year-old rent boy is burned to death, her superiors aren't keen on her investigating the murder. The victim was a regular at a center for homeless kids run by Edward Parker-Jones, the darling of the department. As if matters aren't thorny enough, a former lover comes to town and causes Tennison to question her life.     Guest stars include David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Peter Capaldi (In the Loop), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Ciaran Hinds (Persuasion), James Frain (The Tudors), and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting).


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Release Date:
28 April 1994 (USA) See more »
Assigned to a Vice squad, Detective Jane Tennison investigates a child murder and discovers a sinister link to the police. Full summary »
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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Stunning performance by Mirren and cast See more (8 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 24 of 55)

Helen Mirren ... DCI Jane Tennison (2 episodes, 1993)

Tom Bell ... Sgt. Bill Otley (2 episodes, 1993)
Karen Tomlin ... WPC Norma Hastings (2 episodes, 1993)

David Thewlis ... James Jackson (2 episodes, 1993)

Peter Capaldi ... Vera Reynolds (2 episodes, 1993)

Struan Rodger ... Supt. Halliday (2 episodes, 1993)
Liza Sadovy ... WPC Kathy Bibby (2 episodes, 1993)

Mark Strong ... Insp. Larry Hall (2 episodes, 1993)
Terrence Hardiman ... Commander Chiswick (2 episodes, 1993)

Andrew Woodall ... 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)

John Benfield ... Chief Supt. Kernan (2 episodes, 1993)
Terence Harvey ... John Kennington (2 episodes, 1993)
Pearce Quigley ... Red (2 episodes, 1993)

Ciarán Hinds ... 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)
Kelly Hunter ... Jessica Smithy (2 episodes, 1993)
Felix Bell ... Rutter (2 episodes, 1993)
Robin Polley ... Club MC (2 episodes, 1993)

Series Directed by
David Drury (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Writing credits
Lynda La Plante (2 episodes, 1993)

Series Produced by
Sally Head .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1993)
Lynda La Plante .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1993)
Paul Marcus .... producer (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Original Music by
Stephen Warbeck (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Cinematography by
David Odd (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Film Editing by
Edward Mansell (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Casting by
Doreen Jones (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Production Design by
Chris Truelove (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Art Direction by
Tom Brown (2 episodes, 1993)
Julian Parry (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Costume Design by
Mike O'Neill (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Makeup Department
Jane Hatch .... makeup supervisor (2 episodes, 1993)
Margaret O'Keefe .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1993)
Colin Ware .... special makeup designer (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Production Management
David Meddick .... production manager (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Fahy .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1993)
Sue Whitley .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Art Department
Simon Dalton .... props (2 episodes, 1993)
Trevor Devoy .... production buyer (2 episodes, 1993)
Tony Mills .... chargehand asm (2 episodes, 1993)
Mark Nuttall .... graphic designer (2 episodes, 1993)
Pippa Rawlinson .... art department assistant (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Sound Department
David Eve .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1993)
Jackie Ophir .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1993)
John Rutherford .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1993)
John Senior .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1993)
Nick Steer .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1993)
John Whitworth .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1993)
Andy Wyatt .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Special Effects by
Stuart Brisdon .... special effects (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Stunts
Terry Forrestal .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
David Bell .... focus puller (2 episodes, 1993)
Jimmy Camp .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1993)
Mike Fisher .... camera grip (2 episodes, 1993)
Howard Somers .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne Rudd .... wardrobe supervisor (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Editorial Department
Neil Parker .... colorist (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Other crew
Gwenda Bagshaw .... script associate (2 episodes, 1993)
Jeff Bowen .... location manager (2 episodes, 1993)
Wayne Docksey .... animal master (2 episodes, 1993)
Craig McNeil .... production executive (2 episodes, 1993)
Rob Partridge .... armourer (2 episodes, 1993)
Milly Preece .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1993)
Valery Ryan .... script editor (2 episodes, 1993)
Sue Wild .... continuity (2 episodes, 1993)
Gareth Williams .... production financing (2 episodes, 1993)

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207 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Continuity: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Blow-Up (1966)See more »
Falling in Love AgainSee more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Stunning performance by Mirren and cast, 31 August 2004
Author: larryb-9 from Seattle WA

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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