Assigned to a Vice squad, Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Dame Helen Mirren) investigates a child murder and discovers a sinister link to the police.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Helen Mirren ...  DCI Jane Tennison 2 episodes, 1993
Tom Bell ...  Sgt. Bill Otley 2 episodes, 1993
Karen Tomlin 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 Richard Hawley ...  DS Richard Haskons 2 episodes, 1993
Philip Wright Philip Wright ...  DC Lillie 2 episodes, 1993
Mark Drewry 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 Andrew Dicks ...  Billy Matthews 2 episodes, 1993
Alyson Spiro ...  Margaret Speel 2 episodes, 1993
Steven Crossley Steven Crossley ...  Mark Lewis 2 episodes, 1993
John Axon John Axon ...  Jackson's Lawyer 2 episodes, 1993
Kelly Hunter ...  Jessica Smithy 2 episodes, 1993
Felix Bell Felix Bell ...  Rutter 2 episodes, 1993
Robin Polley Robin Polley ...  Club MC 2 episodes, 1993


Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Dame Helen Mirren) 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 (Peter Capaldi), a trans woman and cabaret performer. Soon Jane is on the trail of the boy's brutal pimp, James Jackson (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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Did You Know?


In his lecture at the beginning, Jake Hunter (Michael Shannon) says that all known serial killers are male, with the 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 »


DS Richard Haskons: [Seeing pornographic pictures of boy prostitutes] I'm glad my kids is girls.
WPC Kathy Bibby: You should see what they do to the girls.
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Followed by Prime Suspect: Inner Circles (1995) See more »


Falling in Love Again
from "The Blue Angel"
Sung by Linda Taylor
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So good.
17 January 2001 | by hafilaxSee all my reviews

At first, we had a hard time understanding the accents, but by the second episode we caught up and enjoyed it a great deal. Then again, we were watching a home-taped VHS copy, so the sound was a little muted.

The acting and the writing were excellent.

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Release Date:

28 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prime Suspect 3 See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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