Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison (Helen Mirren) investigates the connection between a teen's murder and a pedophile ring in this third installment of the acclaimed BBC series Prime Suspect. Reassigned to a new district and a new department -- vice -- Tennison is drawn back to homicide when her squad discovers the immolated body of rent boy Connie (Greg Saunders) in the flat of timid transsexual Vera Reynolds (Peter Capaldi). The trail soon leads to James Jackson (David Thewlis), a vicious pimp with mysterious connections to Edward Parker-Jones (Ciarán Hinds), the director of a youth shelter where young Connie hung out. Forced to work alongside her old nemesis Sgt. Bill Otley (Tom Bell), Tennison spars with her superiors, who want her to focus on vice and resolve her homicide investigation posthaste. But when a TV reporter (Kelly Hunter) shows up with evidence that Connie was going to provide her with the names of his famous clients, Tennison must race to uncover the real motivation behind Connie's murder. The only installment other than the first to be written by series creator Lynda LaPlante, Prime Suspect 3 was filmed for the BBC and originally aired stateside on PBS. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi
Helen Mirren is stellar in this series. Her character is beautifully flawed, finding the right combination of vulnerability and toughness. There is a very strong cast ensemble and the portrayal of vice squad is gritty and realistic. There is no other series quite like this!
If you enjoy crime drama you will love this riveting episode of Prime Suspect. Helen Mirren does a superb acting job and is supported by an excellent cast of believable characters that kept me in my seat throughout the entire program.
Don't expect your typical run-of-the-mill 1-hour crime drama where everything is predictable and solved inside 30 minutes. This movie will keep you guessing throughout thanks to a well written script/story.
One of the best episodes of the series. This is probably the darkest story of the lot. Worth seeing but be advised that it is disturbing. This is the episode wherein Jane Tennison makes her move for her career advancement and it pays off. I hope this series comes back someday as it really was one of the best BBC/HBO produced investigative television series to come across the pond. My Grade: A Marc L. Seattle, WA