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

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 Mark Fitzgerald 21 episodes, 1993-1995
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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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27 September 1993 (UK)  »

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(1 Episode) | (23 Episodes)

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The "Men Should Weep" storyline was originally conceived as a plot for Prime Suspect (1991), in which the series' protagonist, Jane Tennison, was raped. See more »

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Penhaligon: You're an emotional rapist, Fitz.
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Stormy Weather
Written by Harold Arlen (uncredited) and lyrics by Ted Koehler (uncredited)
Sung by Carol Kidd
Music Composed by Julian Wastall
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Robbie Coltrane is brilliant
17 June 1999 | by (Newton, MA) – See all my reviews

In my opinion, the little I've seen of the American version of Cracker was actually a noble effort, but the crucial difference between the two was the presence of Robbie Coltrane.

Coltrane is one of the world's best actors. He fills the character of Fitz so well that this unlikely character, who drinks hard, gambles, and is full of rage but is also compassionate and incredibly intelligent, is completely believable. He is one of the few unattractive leading men who can convincingly flirt with attractive women, so that when they are suddenly interested in him, you believe it.

Cracker is harsh stuff sometimes. Every killer on the show, it seems, has a psychological angle that is positively disturbing (hence, I suppose, the need for a police psychologist). The series also has humor, though. The scene in which Fitz, seeking revenge on a fellow therapist who's fooling around with his wife, turns a "gamblers anonymous" group into a card game is the sort of harsh but banned-in-America dark humor that Jimmy McGovern (author of the film Priest) excels at.


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