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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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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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Runtime:
UK:100 min (1 Episode) | UK:50 min (23 Episodes)
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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:
Robbie Coltrane and Robert Carlyle would later star in the James Bond film 'The World Is Not Enough' (1999).See more »
Quotes:
[At a supermarket checkout]
Old Woman:Execuse me... eight items!
Fitz:I have eight items! Three bottles of whiskey constitutes ONE ITEM! 2 loaves of bread constitutes ONE ITEM! 6 frozen lasagnas constitutes ONE ITEM!
Old Woman:SIX?
Fitz:Two dozen eggs constitutes ONE ITEM ...
Old Woman:Security!
Fitz:Four steak and kidney bastard pies constitutes ONE ITEM!
[Security is called]
Fitz:Oh, for God's sake ...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "TFI Friday: Episode #1.6" (1996)See more »
Soundtrack:
Stormy WeatherSee more »

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26 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Simply the best television drama series yet produced, 4 June 2005
Author: David_Frames

We've had the whodunnit and even the howdunnit but Cracker is something else - its the definitive whydunnit, a superb cocktail of wit,grit and human frailty, perfectly pitched and performed - in short: It's marvellous. If you've never seen it (and this is something you should rectify immediately) the 'cracker' of the title is no less than 19 stone of chain smoking, hard drinking, gambling addicted psychologist whose skills become invaluable to the Manchester police. This set up is established in the opening story 'the mad woman in the attic' in which Fitz (Coltrane) offer's his help to the police when one of his students becomes the latest victim of brutal murderer. The train based killing set-up is based on a real murder that took place on route to London in the early 90's and it's this borrowing from the headlines that gives the series it's sense of reality, often making for uncomfortable viewing. McGovern's character's are never allowed to stand still - they have real emotional and psychological density and the fallout from events in one story (and they're are many particularly in the first two series) are carried through into the next. Fitz is perversely selfish and flawed but is also in possession of penetrative intellect and cutting wit which makes both his domestic scenes in which he attempts to reconcile himself with the wishes of his long suffering wife Judith and the inevitable showdowns with his criminal adversaries equally captivating. It's the later you look forward to the most but there's also a terrific supporting cast to enjoy including Christopher Eccleston, Geraldine Sommrevile and the superb Ricky Tomlinson. It would be unfair to new viewers to spoil the intricate layers of each story by going into them too deeply, simply to say that Cracker was and is occasionally gruelling, always challenging television, the uniquely British sensibility of which lends it a weight (no pun on Robbie Coltrane intended) that would be impossible to replicate elsewhere. McGovern, if you had to lay one criticism at his door, tends to underwrite or caricature middle class characters but when writing about what he knows he's unbeatable. Those Cracker stories not penned by him tend not to have quite as much impact though Ted Whitehead's the Big Crunch has some memorable exchanges between Fitz and arrogant sect leader Kenneth Trant but Paul Abbot's stories, though good, aren't a patch on McGovern's best perhaps betraying his relative lack of experience in the genre at the time. This is all mere nick-picking though; Cracker is superb stuff and if you don't think so then you genuinely need to see a psychologist.

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