TV police drama has lots of classic moments

Roger Chinery has had four cars used in Prime Suspect 1973
Roger Chinery has had four cars used in Prime Suspect 1973

A prequel to the hit TV drama Prime Suspect got under way on ITV One last week – and it will feature three cars owned by a Great Yeldham businessman.

Called Prime Suspect 1973, the crime drama heads back to the title year and the start of the police career of the central character, Jane Tennison, played by Stefanie Martini.

Appearing in various scenes during the series will be a 1971 Mk III Cortina, Mk I Escort and a Granada estate – all hired through Roger Chinery.

Through his business, Affordable Classics, Roger sells and leases Ford cars from the 1970s and 1980s, with many of them being used in TV and movie productions.

Most of the filming – Roger spent six to seven days on set over a two week period – was done in and around Uxbridge in north London, where an old department store was also turned into a police station and a flat that were used for a number of scenes.

“To be honest, there is a lot of hanging around,” said Roger. “But one of the things I do enjoy is that I get to drive old cars around and get paid for it. And I get to have a real purpose for driving old cars around.”

Roger, who many also know as a part-time musician, was even filmed in one scene where he plays a driver who pulls over to pick up a prostitute.

While working on the show, he chatted briefly with Miss Martini and other cast members and, over the last few years, has got to meet and talk to many well-known names, including Julie Walters and Keith Allen.