Cracker (1993–1996)

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

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 Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald (24 episodes, 1993-1996)
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 DS Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon (23 episodes, 1993-1995)
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 Mark Fitzgerald (21 episodes, 1993-1995)
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 DS Jimmy Beck (20 episodes, 1993-1995)
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 Judith Fitzgerald (20 episodes, 1993-1995)
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 D.C.I. Charlie Wise / ... (15 episodes, 1994-1996)
Tess Thomson ...
 Kate 'Katie' Fitzgerald / ... (12 episodes, 1993-1995)
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 DCI David Bilborough (10 episodes, 1993-1994)
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 D.C. Skelton (10 episodes, 1994-1995)
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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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Fitz is never seen driving and is always driven by others. The reason is never explained in the series. But in the book "Cracker: The Truth Behind the Fiction", it says that "He's never trusted himself behind the wheel of a car - its just too tempting to put your foot down and close your eyes and gamble that you won't hit anything before you've counted to twenty". See more »

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Priest: It must be hard to maintain that level of cynicism, Dr. Fitzgerald.
Fitz: Not at all, Father. It must be hard to maintain that level of faith.
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Stormy Weather
Sung by Carol Kidd
Music Composed by Julian Wastall
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14 December 2000 | by (York) – See all my reviews

If you had to choose one ITV-made psychological thriller series from the Nineties for a desert island, what would it be?

Some may plump for Prime Suspect but for many, Cracker wins hands down - not least because of its star.

Robbie Coltrane has always been good value for money in comedy roles, but as the criminal psychologist Eddie Fitzgerald, he shone brighter than most stars of his generation.

Scripts by Jimmy McGovern (among others) did no harm and with a knockout supporting cast including Barbara Flynn, Lorcan Cranitch and Christopher Eccleston, it was little wonder the show won a string of awards.

When the Americans decided to remake the show almost word for word with Robert Pastorelli in the lead, it was a pretty fruitless attempt to sell a great series to a wider audience.

Although not bad, the star was lighter in more ways than one and the whole thing gave many fans a nagging sense of deja vu.


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