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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
27 September 1993 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
An abrasively eccentric forensic psychologist aids in the solving of difficult police cases. Full summary »
Awards:
20 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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(91 articles)
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 87)

Robbie Coltrane ... Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald (24 episodes, 1993-1996)

Geraldine Somerville ... DS Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon (23 episodes, 1993-1995)

Kieran O'Brien ... Mark Fitzgerald (21 episodes, 1993-1995)

Barbara Flynn ... Judith Fitzgerald (20 episodes, 1993-1995)

Lorcan Cranitch ... DS Jimmy Beck (19 episodes, 1993-1995)

Ricky Tomlinson ... D.C.I. Charlie Wise / ... (15 episodes, 1994-1996)
Tess Thomson ... Kate 'Katie' Fitzgerald / ... (12 episodes, 1993-1995)

Christopher Eccleston ... DCI David Bilborough (10 episodes, 1993-1994)

Wil Johnson ... D.C. Skelton (10 episodes, 1994-1995)
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Series Directed by
Tim Fywell (5 episodes, 1994-1995)
Andy Wilson (3 episodes, 1993)
Julian Jarrold (3 episodes, 1994)
Jean Stewart (3 episodes, 1994)
Roy Battersby (3 episodes, 1995)
Simon Cellan Jones (2 episodes, 1993)
Michael Winterbottom (2 episodes, 1993)
Charles McDougall (2 episodes, 1995)
Richard Standeven (1 episode, 1996)
 
Series Writing credits
Jimmy McGovern (24 episodes, 1993-1996)
Paul Abbott (5 episodes, 1995-1996)
Ted Whitehead (3 episodes, 1994)

Series Produced by
Sally Head .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1993-1995)
Gub Neal .... producer / executive producer / ... (10 episodes, 1993-1996)
Paul Abbott .... producer (9 episodes, 1994)
Hilary Bevan Jones .... producer (8 episodes, 1995-1996)
Valery Ryan .... assistant producer (5 episodes, 1995)
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E Network (3 episodes, 1995-1996)
 
Series Original Music by
Rick Wentworth (8 episodes, 1995-1996)
David Ferguson (4 episodes, 1994)
Roger Jackson (3 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ivan Strasburg (16 episodes, 1993-1994)
Dick Dodd (8 episodes, 1995-1996)
 
Series Film Editing by
Oral Norrie Ottey (6 episodes, 1993-1994)
Tony Cranstoun (6 episodes, 1994-1996)
Edward Mansell (6 episodes, 1994-1995)
Chris Gill (2 episodes, 1993)
Trevor Waite (2 episodes, 1993)
Anthony Ham (2 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Casting by
Gail Stevens (16 episodes, 1993-1994)
Marilyn Johnson (8 episodes, 1995-1996)
 
Series Production Design by
Stephen Fineren (13 episodes, 1994-1995)
Chris Wilkinson (8 episodes, 1993-1996)
Claire Kenny (3 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Art Direction by
Deborah Morley (7 episodes, 1993)
Bill Crutcher (5 episodes, 1995)
David Butterworth (4 episodes, 1994-1996)
Chris Coldwell (3 episodes, 1994)
Nick Wilkinson (3 episodes, 1994)
Mark Stonehouse (2 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Costume Design by
Tudor George (8 episodes, 1995-1996)
Janty Yates (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Makeup Department
Anastasia Shirley .... make-up assistant / make-up supervisor / ... (10 episodes, 1993-1996)
Sue Milton .... make-up supervisor / make up design (6 episodes, 1995-1996)
Helen King .... makeup supervisor (3 episodes, 1993-1994)
Sally O'Loughlin .... make-up assistant (2 episodes, 1995)

Colin Ware .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Bill Leather .... production supervisor (17 episodes, 1994-1996)
Des Hughes .... production manager (16 episodes, 1994-1995)
Liam Foster .... production manager (7 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jude Harrison .... second assistant director (16 episodes, 1994-1995)
Peter Shaw .... first assistant director (15 episodes, 1993-1996)
Emma Bodger .... second assistant director (7 episodes, 1993)
John Friend Newman .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1993-1994)
Rachel Longhurst .... second assistant director / third assistant director (4 episodes, 1993)
Simon Turner .... third assistant director (3 episodes, 1995)
Vincent Fahy .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Art Department
Phil Buckley .... graphic designer (24 episodes, 1993-1996)
Ron Pritchard .... production buyer / prop buyer / ... (23 episodes, 1993-1995)
Frank Massey .... chargehand asm (16 episodes, 1993-1994)
Peter O'Rourke .... action props (9 episodes, 1993-1996)
Vic Shirovay .... prop master / prop dresser (8 episodes, 1993-1995)
Tommy Lyons .... chargehand asm (8 episodes, 1995-1996)
Nigel Place .... prop master / prop dresser (7 episodes, 1993-1995)
Rod Gorwood .... assistant designer / assistant art director (5 episodes, 1995)
Nick Thompson .... standby carpenter (3 episodes, 1995)
Mark Stonehouse .... assistant art director (2 episodes, 1993)
Mike McIntyre .... standby painter (2 episodes, 1995)
 
Series Sound Department
Phil Smith .... sound mixer (14 episodes, 1993-1995)
John Whitworth .... dubbing mixer (13 episodes, 1993-1996)
John Senior .... dubbing editor (12 episodes, 1994-1996)
Tony Cooper .... boom operator (11 episodes, 1993-1996)
Mark Briscoe .... dubbing editor (8 episodes, 1995-1996)
John Rutherford .... dubbing editor (5 episodes, 1993-1994)
Andy Wyatt .... dubbing mixer (3 episodes, 1993-1994)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Steve Tomkow .... visual effects (1 episode, 1995)
 
Series Stunts
Peter Brayham .... stunt coordinator (10 episodes, 1993-1994)
Dave Holland .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1993)
Chris Webb .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1993)
Terry Forrestal .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1995)

Rick Avery .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Brierley .... focus puller / first assistant camera (15 episodes, 1993-1996)
David Ratcliffe .... lighting gaffer / chargehand electrician (11 episodes, 1993-1996)
Mandy Moles .... clapper loader (9 episodes, 1994-1996)
Mike Fisher .... grip (8 episodes, 1993-1996)
Mike Miller .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1995-1996)
Gary Stanton .... grip (8 episodes, 1995-1996)
Alf Tramontin .... steadicam operator / Steadicam operator (3 episodes, 1993-1996)
Bob Gregory .... grip (2 episodes, 1993-1994)
Matt Squire .... still photographer (2 episodes, 1995)

Howard Smith .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Andy Pryor .... casting / casting assistant (13 episodes, 1993-1994)
Beverley Keogh .... additional casting (4 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Richards .... wardrobe supervisor (7 episodes, 1995-1996)
Sally Mason .... wardrobe supervisor (2 episodes, 1993)
Michael Stringer .... dresser / wardrobe assistant (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
 
Series Editorial Department
Neil Parker .... colorist (16 episodes, 1994-1996)
Chris Clarkson .... assistant film editor / assistant editor (5 episodes, 1994-1996)
Peter Christelis .... assistant editor / assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1993)
Portia Napier .... post-production consultant (2 episodes, 1993)
David Boyle .... assistant editor / assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1995-1996)
 
Series Music Department
Roger Jackson .... musician (1 episode, 1993)
Carol Kidd .... singer: "Summertime" and "Stormy Weather" (1 episode, 1993)
Julian Wastall .... musician (1 episode, 1993)
James Shearman .... music assistant (1 episode, 1995)
 
Series Transportation Department
Dave Anforth .... transport (1 episode, 1995)
Wolfie Booth .... transport (1 episode, 1995)
Alan Eccleston .... transport (1 episode, 1995)
Norman Jones .... transport (1 episode, 1995)
Les Kidd .... transport (1 episode, 1995)
Sam Pollard .... transport (1 episode, 1995)
Paul Scaife .... transport (1 episode, 1995)
Jeff Turner .... transport (1 episode, 1995)
Martin Watling .... transport (1 episode, 1995)
 
Series Other crew
Gwenda Bagshaw .... script associate (21 episodes, 1993-1995)
Ken Mair .... location manager (21 episodes, 1993-1995)
Craig McNeil .... production executive (18 episodes, 1993-1996)
Dorothy Friend .... continuity (16 episodes, 1993-1994)
Tracy Lee .... production coordinator (14 episodes, 1993-1995)
Catriona McKenzie .... script editor / script associate (10 episodes, 1993-1996)
Eileen Wood .... production coordinator (9 episodes, 1994)
Nicola Shindler .... script editor (7 episodes, 1993)
Sue Wild .... continuity (7 episodes, 1995)
Debbie Shewell .... script editor (6 episodes, 1994)
Roxy Spencer .... script editor (6 episodes, 1994)
Gareth Williams .... production financing (5 episodes, 1993)
Patrick Spence .... script editor (5 episodes, 1995)
Chris Wheeler .... production financing (4 episodes, 1993-1995)
John Stretch .... script research (4 episodes, 1995)
Mark Borkowski .... unit publicist (3 episodes, 1993)
Ian Stephen .... forensic psychology consultant (3 episodes, 1995)
Maria Grimley .... producer secretary / producer's secretary (2 episodes, 1993)
Sue de Beauvoir .... location manager (2 episodes, 1995)
Jason Payne-James .... forensic medical advisor (2 episodes, 1995)
Russell Stockdale .... forensic advisor (2 episodes, 1995)

Wayne Docksey .... animal master (unknown episodes)
Neil MacDonald .... production supervisor: Hong Kong (unknown episodes)
Valery Ryan .... script editor (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

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Runtime:
UK:100 min (1 Episode) | UK:50 min (23 Episodes)
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Language:
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R16 (seasons 1-3) | UK:18 (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[after Penhaligon pours a jug of water over him]
Fitz:Anglo-Saxon Foreplay. Go up to my bedroom my dear. If I'm not up in half an hour, get along without me.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "TFI Friday: Episode #1.6" (1996)See more »
Soundtrack:
Stormy WeatherSee more »

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40 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Cracking stuff (sorry!)., 31 July 2003
Author: (funnypage@cbrmail.com) from dundalk, ireland

It's impossible to overstate how classy this programme is. The cast are uniformly superb, Jimmy Mc Govern's writing is by times disturbing and violent, by times deeply compassionate, and the overall tone of the piece is dark and moody, but with just enough ascerbic humour to lighten the weight.

Coltrane is excellent here, but he's spoiled also; he's been given one of the best-written roles in TV history, but he portrays Fitz with effortless panache. No easy thing given the complexity of the character. He's an almost supernaturally gifted psychologist, but he can't understand his wife and son; he's capable of real understanding and compassion, but is an inveterate user of people despite himself.

The supporting cast are excellent, and those actors brought in to play "villains of the week" almost always hold their own. You'll cry when, at the end of "To Say I Love You", the young stutterer realises he'll never be able to say the things to his girlfriend that he wants to say. Robert Carlyle's Albie in "To Be Somebody" is one of the standout characters of the entire series. Fitz's final chat with the put-upon Catholic housewife in "Brotherly Love" is truly disturbing, but heartbreaking too. You'll feel for each of these characters, which is an amazing feat by all concerned in the making, considering their crimes are so graphically portrayed, and the show is so unflinching about revealing the kinds of effects violent crime has on survivors, and the families of the victims. This is classy television.

It's not without it's faults, of course. The standard does tend to take a nose-dive when Jimmy Mc Govern's not writing (not by much, sometimes, but always perceptibly) and the quite graphic nature of most of the episodes means this won't be to everyone's taste, but these are small flaws. This is wonderful stuff. It's impossible to overstate this fact, so i'll say it again: this is really classy television.

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