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DCI David Bilborough (Character)
from "Cracker" (1993)

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"Cracker: To Be a Somebody: Part 1 (#2.1)" (1994)
[His final words before dying]
DCI David Bilborough: This is evidence... this is a dying man's statement. I know what a defence lawyer will try to do. I'm of sound mine. I'm frightened, yeah, I don't want to die. I'm frightened, but I'm thinking straight. He had a photocopy of Nolan pinned to the wall. He fully intended to kill me. He stabbed me in cold blood. Are you listening, Jimmy? I want you to get this bastard, Jimmy, OK? For me and Catriona... get the bastard! Catriona... oh, God, Catriona... what will I tell her?

[Examining Shahid Ali's body]
DCI David Bilborough: What do you think?
Pathologist: I think he's dead.

DCI David Bilborough: Is there anything you need, Fitz?
Fitz: Yes. A promise. We seek truth and justice, not a result. Good old-fashioned British justice where a man is innocent until proven Irish.

Fitz: Someone goes into the store, buys a copy of the Guardian and a packet of teabags, and walks out without them. Why? A trauma. An argument.
DS Jimmy Beck: Bollocks.
DCI David Bilborough: We're looking for a skinhead.
Fitz: Whoever bought those items has not come forward.
DCI David Bilborough: That row was witnessed. He was an ordinary bloke, ordinary clothes, ordinary haircut. He's got nothing to do with the killing.
DS Jimmy Beck: Bollocks.
DCI David Bilborough: Jimmy, will you shut up?
DS Jimmy Beck: It's a load of bollocks!
Fitz: The shopkeeper didn't pick up the 4p. Why? Because he was dead.
DCI David Bilborough: He probably had a bad back! Fitz, we've got a description of the killer! He was a bloody skinhead, for God's sake, a bloody skinhead.
Fitz: There's a row. He goes home, broods a bit, shaves his head, comes back, throws the four pence at him, and stabs him, right?
DS Jimmy Beck: Bollocks!
Fitz: [to Beck] You need a Thesaurus.

DCI David Bilborough: Just answer the bloody question, Jimmy. Did you talk to that bloody woman or not?
DS Jimmy Beck: I will not answer that question!
DCI David Bilborough: Did you talk to that woman? Yes or No?
DS Jimmy Beck: For Christ's Sake, what do you think I am? I've been doing this job for the past 15 years, and you can ask me a question like that? What does that show, eh?
DCI David Bilborough: I haven't got time to argue with you, Jimmy! Did you talk to that bloody woman?
DS Jimmy Beck: That shows it! You've got no faith in me whatsoever! God's sake, FIFTEEN years!
DCI David Bilborough: Somebody did! Somebody talked to her, now was it you?
DS Jimmy Beck: No!
DCI David Bilborough: Thank you!
DS Jimmy Beck: But it crossed your mind! That's the point! It crossed your mind that I might have been the one!
DCI David Bilborough: A process of elimination, Jimmy! You're eliminated! Send Harriman in!
DS Jimmy Beck: How do you think that makes me feel?
DCI David Bilborough: I get the picture. You're feeling a bit angry, right? OK, fine, noted. Send Harriman in.
DS Jimmy Beck: You're treating me like some bloody prick fresh from training, just wet behind the bloody ears.
DCI David Bilborough: SEND HARRIMAN IN!

[Clare Moody has just printed a half-fabricated article about Shahid Ali's murder]
DCI David Bilborough: A Pakistani's killed in a racially sensitive area and you print a story like this?
Clare Moody: It's the truth.
DCI David Bilborough: And that makes everything OK?
Clare Moody: Yes.
DCI David Bilborough: No! Who gave you this information.
Clare Moody: I can't tell you.
DCI David Bilborough: Don't hide behind journalistic integrity: you've got none. Who gave you this information?
Clare Moody: I can't tell you.
DCI David Bilborough: It wasn't the bloke who found the body: I've just been to see him.
Clare Moody: No.
DCI David Bilborough: Was it one of my officers?
[Moody doesn't answer]
DCI David Bilborough: If you don't tell me, I'll have you arrested. Was it one of my officers?
Clare Moody: Yes.
DCI David Bilborough: Which one?
Clare Moody: I'm not telling you.

DCI David Bilborough: [Panhandle is refusing to contact Fitz after Nolan's murder] Are you embarrassed?
Penhaligon: Yes.
DCI David Bilborough: What's embarrassment compared to the grief that two families are suffering?
Penhaligon: That's not fair!

[At the crime scene of Shahid Ali]
DCI David Bilborough: Did he say anything?
Gregson: He was dead.
DCI David Bilborough: No. The skinhead.
Gregson: No.
DCI David Bilborough: Would you recognize him if you saw him again?
Gregson: [Shrugging] He was a skinhead, you know what I mean? They all look alike.
DCI David Bilborough: Have you mentioned this to anyone else?
Gregson: Just the police.
DCI David Bilborough: I'd like to keep it that way, OK? Just between us.
Gregson: Sure.
DS Jimmy Beck: Keep it under your hat.


"Cracker: To Say I Love You: Part 1 (#1.3)" (1993)
[to Tina]
DCI David Bilborough: Anticipation is nine tenths of the pleasure, so I'm going to look after you. Nobody's going to touch you. I'm going to do everything strictly by the book. I'm anticipating sitting there on the last day of your trial with Giggsy's wife, listening to the judge give you life with the recommendation of thirty years. I'm anticipating that with a certain amount of relish, you murdering bitch.

[Fitz and Penhaligon reconstruct the events at the scene of a rape in an alley]
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: He steps out. He comes down. Bang, bang, bang. Cormack drops down. He grabs his accomplice by the hand. They start running up the alley. Do you remember the soldiers coming back from the Falkands?
DS Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon: Just about.
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: Remember all those women who lined the quays, waving their knickers and their bras in the air? Patriotism, no. Lust! Some of those men had killed, and those women wanted them. What is death, Panhandle?
DS Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon: The finest aphrodisiac in the world, Dr Fitzgerald.
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: Right. Now there, a button off a pair of Levis. Somebody undid his trousers in a hurry. There, there's long strands of hair. So what happens is... They run up the alley. They stumble and they fall. They help each other up. They're frightened. But they're turned on too. So - 'scuse me - he pins her to the wall, he tears at his trousers, the button goes flying. And they have sex. Great sex. The earth doesn't just move, it registers 8.9 on the Richter Scale. Mass evacuation of Southern California time. Rip-roaring, rivetting, shaking, shuddering sex.
DCI David Bilborough: You're sick.
DS Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon: 8.9?
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: Give or take a tremor, yeah.
DS Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon: I'd sooner watch Arsenal.

[Fitz tells Bilborough that they previously had Sean]
DCI David Bilborough: You had him in custody!
DS Jimmy Beck: For taking and driving away, sir! That's all!
DCI David Bilborough: Fitz recommended a psychiatric!
DS Jimmy Beck: I don't recall that, sir! Did he put it in writing?
DCI David Bilborough: [to Penhaligon] You were there.
DS Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon: I don't recall, sir.
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: [Quitely] Hell hath no fury.
DS Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon: If that conversation did take place, Dr. Fitzgerald would have every right to say "I told you so". He's obviously dying to say "I told you so", so let's just assume...
DCI David Bilborough: THAT'S ENOUGH!
DS Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon: Let's hear him say it! We're the ones who've lost a friend, but to Hell with that because Dr. Fitzgerald wants to say "I told you so"!
DCI David Bilborough: You finished?
DS Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon: I can recall no such conversation, sir.
[Fitz leaves the room]


"Cracker: One Day a Lemming Will Fly: Part 1 (#1.6)" (1993)
DCI Bilborough: I'm sorry.
DS Penhaligon: It's all right.
DCI Bilborough: It's not all right.
DS Penhaligon: It is. It's all right.
DCI Bilborough: It's not all right. It's not all bloody right. Would you stop patronizing me, Pan?
DS Penhaligon: Right. I thought you were gobshite in there, sir.

Francis Bates: I saw a man jogging, that's all.
DS Jimmy Beck: Your girlfriend didn't mention a jogger.
Francis Bates: She was in the car. I was having a pee.
DCI Bilborough: Can you describe him?
Francis Bates: Thirty-odd, average height. It was dark.
DS Jimmy Beck: Nothing else?
Francis Bates: Tracksuit top with a hood. I got back into the car, we started to mess around. She took off. I chased her for a bit.
DCI Bilborough: Chased her?
Francis Bates: She likes that kind of thing.
DCI Bilborough: What kind of thing?
Francis Bates: Rough. We were just about to... we were just about to start when we saw it.
DCI Bilborough: A thirteen-year-old boy.
Francis Bates: I didn't know who it was, how old he was. We just ran.
DCI Bilborough: You left a thirteen-year-old boy swinging from a tree.
Francis Bates: She... she's married... I'm married, I've got kids...
DCI Bilborough: You could have phoned anonymously.
Francis Bates: We did.
DCI Bilborough: SHE did, twelve hours later. You left his parents clutching at straws for twelve hours. If it'd been left up to you, you wouldn't have phoned at all. Your Mrs finding about your bit on the side, that means more to you than the death of a child.
[He stands up angrily]
DCI Bilborough: FOR CHRIST'S SAKE, WHAT KIND OF A MAN ARE YOU?
DS Jimmy Beck: Hey, hey, hey!
DCI Bilborough: He could have been alive! Didn't that enter your head? He could have been alive! You could have saved him!
DS Jimmy Beck: We've got what we want, alright?
DCI Bilborough: Human nature! If a child's in trouble, you don't go away from him, you go TO him! Human bloody nature! If you don't do that, you're not human, you're some kind of bloody animal! We were there. We were there, waiting with them! You tosspot! You prick! You bloody animal! Twelve bloody hours and then they told you, you prick!


"Cracker: One Day a Lemming Will Fly: Part 2 (#1.7)" (1993)
[Cassidy has been released due to lack of evidence]
Mr. Lang: You're letting him go?
DCI David Bilborough: We can't hold a man without evidence, so we have to let him go.
Lindsay: You must have had evidence to pull the bastard in!
DCI David Bilborough: As far as we're concerned, the man is innocent, now I'm sure we're going to have more questions to ask Mr. Cassidy, but in the meantime, he is free to go.
Lindsay: But you said you had enough!
Mr. Lang: You said you were optimistic!
DCI David Bilborough: YOU two are! You're not leaving this station until Mr. Cassidy is safely away!
Lindsay: Optimistic means you know something, and you're letting him go! You're holding us and you're letting that bastard go?
DCI David Bilborough: I've reason to believe a crime will be committed if I let you go! Therefore, you're staying in the station, OK?


"Cracker: The Mad Woman in the Attic: Part 1 (#1.1)" (1993)
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: Look, homicide and amnesia are heavy. You need to know what you're doin'.
DCI David Bilborough: Thank you.
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: Right. I've forgotten more about amnesia than they'll ever know.