As a prison riot erupts into violence, Red comes face to face with the ring leader: the man who once held him hostage and nearly drove him mad. But what they don't know is a killer's amongst them, preying on their weaknesses.


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Leo Bill ...  Gerry White 2 episodes, 2004
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George Potts George Potts ...  Surveillance Officer #2 / ... 2 episodes, 2004
Badria Timimi ...  Pharmacist 2 episodes, 2004
Phil Atkinson Phil Atkinson ...  PO Lloyd 2 episodes, 2004
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Michael Maloney ...  Carl Henderson 2 episodes, 2004
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Joanne Pearce Joanne Pearce ...  Gina Meti 2 episodes, 2004
Sally Rogers Sally Rogers ...  Dr. Worth 2 episodes, 2004
Catherine Russell ...  Clare Fenton 2 episodes, 2004
Chris Ryman ...  DC Hardy 2 episodes, 2004
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As a prison riot erupts into violence, Red comes face to face with the ring leader: the man who once held him hostage and nearly drove him mad. Injured prisoners are moved to a crumbling, overstretched hospital. But what they don't know is a killer's amongst them, preying on their weaknesses. As the vicious murders spiral out of control, can Red and his team put aside their own emotional torment and find a method in his madness? Written by Bye

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During Gerry White's post mortem, when the scalpel cuts into his chest, blood runs down his neck. This blood is missing in the following shot. See more »


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Pretty Darn Good, But Not The Best In The Series
1 September 2004 | by thecritchsterSee all my reviews

Since I saw the first Messiah on television a few years ago, I realized how far drama had come in England, whereas America has its slasher films and serial killers a plenty, over here in the UK we have very few 'serial' psychos who stick in our mind. Messiah is one. The first combined great story, nail biting tension, credible acting, scary build ups and gruesome deaths. It all combined to make a really good TV watching experience. It followed Red Metcalfe (The fantastic Ken Stott) and his team (Neil Dudgeon, Frances Grey, Jamie Draven) on the trail of a killer who seemed to be killing the twelve apostles, each dying the way they did in the Bible. His team were stretched to their limits as more and more men dropped dead...and Red realized the killer was closer than he realized... Messiah returned in Messiah 2: Vengeance Is Mine, which had the same good storytelling ability, great acting, spot on tension and of course...blood all over the place. Red returned, as did Duncan and Kate, to face another killer who seemed ever more demented and sadistic than the first. Messiah 3: The Promise, however, expanded the Messiah formula as literally anyone could drop dead within seconds, set inside a rather scary looking hospital and under the observation of Red and his team, patients of a prison begin dropping dead, including Red's old nemesis (Liam Cunningham) as Red struggles to understand what links the victims Kate's nightmares and flashes of her former life begin to unravel why, and by who, people are being mercilessly slaughtered... A great series, recommended to anyone who likes their drama full bodied and with bucket loads of guts. Be prepared to be baffled and terrified as you try to figure just whodunit this time...

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