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Prime Suspect 7 Seasons

Season 3
4.5 out of 5 stars (147) IMDb 8.5/10

Oscar winner Helen Mirren is Detective Jane Tennison, "perhaps the greatest role and performance of a female police detective, ever" (San Francisco Chronicle), in a series that won more than 20 major international awards and raised the bar for police dramas. 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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Helen Mirren, Tom Bell

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1. Part 1

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).

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 47 minutes Release date: December 19, 1993
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2. Part 2

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).

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 47 minutes Release date: December 26, 1993
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The only Prime Suspect installment (other than the original) to be authored by Lynda La Plante, Prime Suspect 3 once again displays the hallmarks of La Plante's journalistic research base for creating fictional characters. In this case, "rent boys" are the fuel: young male prostitutes/street kids, and in particular one heartbreaking interview where a rent boy had told La Plante that he couldn't have AIDS, because he was only 15.
Tennison finds herself investigating the burned body of a murdered rent boy found in a drag queen's flat, and begins to discover criminal ties from a community center that lead up into the highest ranks of the police, and she doesn't know whom to trust. Also, her old nemesis from PS1, Bill Otley, is part of her new team. With the amazing Helen Mirren, and an extraordinary support cast including Tom Bell, Ciaran Hinds, David Thewlis, and Peter Capaldi, this is, after the original, the strongest installment in the series.
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Happy day! All of the Prime Suspect movies have made it to DVD.
I saw these in the early 90s on A&E and was astounded by how good Helen Mirren was, working inside an organization that did not always want her to succeed (apparently she is too good a detective to ignore, but as a woman - and her own woman - her flaws get her in trouble with her superiors).
All the flaws of society and of the police in her part of the UK visit her. Like the rest of us, she tries the best she can to do her job, in this case, to lead a team of detectives and ordinary police to solve the violent crimes she faces in post-Thatcher England.
Riveting stuff. Incredibly well written, but occasional strong language may put some off. (Older DVDs released by PBS had the expletives dubbed over, badly done. I've reordered these in DVD and am hoping it's the original UK version, bad language and all. Hardly gratuitous, though)
For TV, only the Sopranos comes close to the level of these five mini-series (ok, maybe some other Masterpiece Theatre productions are this good, but this one's contemporary).
Some of Mirren's best work is here. See them if you can!
Thank you for doing the right thing, media moguls, and getting these to DVD!
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I have all seven Prime Suspect films in their HBO-produced DVD release, which replicates the original UK broadcast language and technical quality. (Yay!) Why? I consider this series to be on the same plane as The Sopranos in quality, style and substance. It gets brought out regularly for viewing because of the compelling story lines, intriguing characters, fine ensemble acting, and Helen Mirren's multi-layered development of her character, DCI (later Detective Superintendant) Jane Tennison, as she matures during her long career.

Full disclosure: I too was a female who worked hard and struggled for decades to be promoted within a traditionally male profession, long before women became accepted and respected members. So, Jane's professional competence and occasional brilliance, workplace struggles and personal failings resonate with me.

IMO Prime Suspect 3 is the best but most disturbing film in the series. It's not for everyone. This is the very dark and graphic depiction of the abuse of disturbed and homeless boys by pedophiles who have operated unchecked for years, and of one underage male prostitute's murder that threatens to expose the coverup of some high-ranking officers' complicity and crimes. Tennison's dogged pursuit of Connie's killer is the only uplifting thing about this sordid subject.

What truly distinguishes PS3 is a plethora of brilliant and unusual guest star turns. In particular: Peter Capaldi as an empathetic gay drag queen; Ciaran Hinds as an oily operator of boys shelters; David Thewlis as a savage prostitution ring recruiter; and Tom Bell as an old-school detective and Tennison's one-time nemesis. IMO the casting directors for this entire series were geniuses, but they outdid themselves in this episode.
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I love anything Helen Mirren. She is a supurb actress and will buy the rest of this series. My sister and I enjoy watching BBC productions of any kind. English Law is different, yet the same in many ways. A nice diversion from the usual cop shows on USA channels. Well worth the time and money.
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I have bought series 1 through 7, one at a time. Helen Miren is very good. The complete set takes you from her first major assignment through to her retirement. In addition to a major case, each one also focuses on a major social problem/s: women in a "men's profession," racism, etc. The whole series is good. I like 6 the best. Note that each series is actually two ninety-minute episodes.
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This is the first episode of the series I ever watched when I was first introduced to this show. I was immediately hooked. Every actor does a outstanding performance in it, especially by Helen Mirren. If you're a fan of Prime Suspect, British TV, Crime Drams, etc. I'm sure you will enjoy this episode. The quality of video and audio is well done.
Personally, all seven episode of this series are well done, but this one is probably one of the best.
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