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The investigation into a youth's death leads to a larger pedophile ring, possibly involving the police themselves.


David Drury


Lynda La Plante


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... DCI Jane Tennison
Karen Tomlin Karen Tomlin ... WPC Norma Hastings
Andrew Woodall ... DI Brian Dalton
Tom Bell ... Sgt. Bill Otley
Richard Hawley Richard Hawley ... DS Richard Haskons
Philip Wright Philip Wright ... DC Lillie
Mark Drewry Mark Drewry ... DI Ray Hebdon
Liza Sadovy ... WPC Kathy Bibby
Struan Rodger ... Supt. Halliday
David Thewlis ... James Jackson
Mark Strong ... Insp. Larry Hall
Olive Pendleton Olive Pendleton ... Mrs. Field
Jonny Lee Miller ... Anthony Field
Peter Capaldi ... Vera Reynolds
Andrew Dicks Andrew Dicks ... Billy Matthews


DCI Tennison and her team gather more information about rent boys which leads to the existence of a possible pedophile ring. DI Ray Hebdon seems to know about gay bars, drag queens and transsexuals and he is teased; Ray calmly announces he is gay. DI Brian Dalton seems to take Ray's news personally; perhaps, his HIV scare (from the infected rent boy biting his hand) is too much for him to bear. Dalton and Jane travel to see young men previously victimized by an Edward Jones. Jane also speaks with DCI Lyall. Meanwhile, Ray manages to 'drag' a few of his colleagues into the posh Bowery Club. The vicious procurer, Jimmy Jackson, shows up at the club to attack one of the transvestites, and gets quite the surprise. The name of Asst. Deputy Commissioner John Kennington keeps coming up; every officer with rank, including Jane's former boss, warns Jane to quit the investigation. Even when she pretends she can "cut a deal" with her superiors, political games are not in her DNA. As she wraps up... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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19 December 1993 (UK) See more »

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The Ugly Underbelly
26 October 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This series was made excellent by focusing on the realities of day to day events. We continue here the investigation into the murder by burning of a young man who has been victimized by those who would exploit a transgender/transvestite young person. We see the kind of underground personages who live in fear because they were grabbed up in their early childhood, probably because they saw themselves as worthless. Jane continues to pursue a man who has created a position of trust in order to literally get away with murder. This is a really touching episode because we are made privy to little boys and their angelic beings before all this happened. We also see how this element of the British society must cower and run from threats on a daily basis. We also see how they have no choice in who they are, sexually. There are some interesting dynamics within the police force that are interesting as well. Without spoiling anything, I will say that those who watch this may leave it with little satisfaction.

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