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Cracker (2006)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  30 October 2006 (USA)
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Fitz returns to Manchester after living 10 years in Australia with his wife and youngest son. He is soon drawn into the investigation of a British soldier who may have been traumatized by his years serving in Northern Ireland.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenny Archer
Stefanie Wilmore ...
Katy Fitzgerald
Elaine Archer
Lilli Ella Kelleher ...
Lilly Fitzgerald (as Lilli-Ella Kelleher)
Rosina Carbone ...
Maria Fitzgerald
John Evans ...
James Fitzgerald
Angelo Bommino ...
Gregory - The Groom
Ralph Casson ...
Taxi Driver 1
Stephen MacKenna ...
Robert - Groom's Father
Moey Hassan ...
Taxi Driver 2
Nisha Nayar ...
DS Saffron Saleh
Christine Barton ...
Elaine's Mother


After living in Australia for the past decade, Fitz and Judith return to Manchester in 2004 for their daughter Katie's wedding. Drinking too much at the reception, Fitz stumbles through a rambling toast, which only embarrasses the bride. Instead of spending time with his grandson, son of his married son Mark, Fitz opts to join in the investigation of a serial killer who has an apparent dislike of Americans in the wake of the U.S. Invasion of Iraq. Written by

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Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: [reading Judith's note] "Dinner in Fridge. Wife in Australia."
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Well past its sell by date
15 January 2012 | by (Bermuda) – See all my reviews

I liked the first series of Cracker. It was refreshing, edgy, and the protagonist was the epitome of the word anti-hero. Fat, old, shamelessly addicted to his vices and completely oblivious to turning over a new leaf and being considerate to the feelings of others. The comedy was hilarious- especially his relationship with Penhaligon.

The second series started good but once the plot about Penhaligon being sexually assaulted was introduced that changed the tone of the series, for the worse and continued into series three where the stories were not very interesting. Also declining was the allure that Cracker himself once had. His sharp wit and keen intellect which he used to disarm his "victims," in this case the criminals, was starting to wear thin. Cracker would go through the motions like it was textbook and you knew that he had the criminal the moment they came into contact with each other.

So, the latest Cracker was no different. 10 years on, returning from his new home base of Australia, we find Fitz to still be the same person. Darwin's theory of evolution evidently does not apply to Fitz! Still cantankerous, bitter, over weight and unable to keep his fingers out of police business we see him try to take down a murderer who has no motive, or method to his madness.

The story itself was disappointing. The back drop of the Iraq war was not needed, but what was worse is that Fitz managed to twig the guy the moment he saw him, really saw him. After that it was just a matter of time. There was nothing interesting about this episode and the end, the final end, was depressing. Basically, the gap did little to improve Fitz and the end basically told us that. Unless the stories improve I really hope that there aren't any more Cracker series so that we're left with the warm memories of Series 1 to relive in the future.

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