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Cracker (1993–1996)

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An abrasively eccentric forensic psychologist aids in the solving of difficult police cases.


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Series cast summary:
 Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald (24 episodes, 1993-1996)
 DS Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon (23 episodes, 1993-1995)
 Mark Fitzgerald (21 episodes, 1993-1995)
 DS Jimmy Beck (20 episodes, 1993-1995)
 Judith Fitzgerald (20 episodes, 1993-1995)
 D.C.I. Charlie Wise / ... (15 episodes, 1994-1996)
Tess Thomson ...
 Kate 'Katie' Fitzgerald / ... (12 episodes, 1993-1995)
 DCI David Bilborough (10 episodes, 1993-1994)
 D.C. Skelton (10 episodes, 1994-1995)


This mystery series from the U.K. outlines the adventures of a psychologist employed by the police to aid them in profiling and questioning suspects. "Fitz" (Robbie Coltrane), an avowed drunkard and gambler, has an uncanny knack for boring directly into the hearts and minds of his subjects, many of whom may in fact be saner than he is... Written by Aaron Finkelstein <afink@ix.netcom.com>

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Release Date:

27 September 1993 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dr Fitz  »

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(1 Episode) | (23 Episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Lorcan Cranitch, John Simm and Andrew Tiernan would later go on to star together in the ITV drama Code of a Killer (2015). See more »


[to a waiter at a restaurant where Judith and Graham are on a date]
Fitz: It's really very sad - see, I'm a psychologist, and she's one of my patients.
Judith: I'm NOT your patient, Fitz! I'm your wife!
Fitz: Oh yeah! Hi there - didn't recognize you without your straight jacket!
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Followed by Cracker (2006) See more »


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Sung by Carol Kidd
Music Composed by Julian Wastall
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The finest drama series ever created
18 July 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I cannot recommend this highly enough. A fiercely intelligent, disturbing, powerful, funny masterwork by a writer and cast at their peak. The main character, Dr Fitzgerald, a lecturing psychologist who assists the police was originally envisaged by the writer (Jimmy McGovern) as a small, wiry character. Then some genius decided on one of the greatest pieces of stunt casting ever and suggested the massive actor Robbie Coltrane who was better known for comedy (appearing in Blackadder as Doctor Johnson, and the Young Ones, amongst many other appearance, both in TV and film).

He nailed the character totally. A chain smoking, gambling, alcoholic, 'Fitz' can talk to someone for 30 seconds and know what drives them, but he can't control his own domestic life. Nor does he ever seem totally to want to. "You don't want to be helped" says his wife "Because only normal people need help. And you think you're special, unique".

His gift of analysing people makes him almost despicable arrogant, yet we are always on his side. He is charming, extremely sarcastic and amusing, and always up for a trip to the pub. But the challenge of analysing the criminally insane gives him wings to stretch himself in ways everyday life can't.

I won't give away any of the plots, but each one would make a fantastic film on its own. However that would diminish the power of the story arc that runs throughout - and that pushes the series up to a perfect 10/10. Harrowing, touching, powerful - when will TV companies make something this good again.

(NB if you can only watch one episode watch 'To be a somebody' - an excellent encapsulation of all the programme's best qualities)

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