Dr Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald is a criminal psychologist. He is rather anti-social and obnoxious but he has a gift for solving crimes. Thus he is employed as a consultant by the Manchester Police.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Robbie Coltrane ...  Fitz 24 episodes, 1993-1996
Geraldine Somerville ...  Penhaligon / ... 23 episodes, 1993-1995
Kieran O'Brien ...  Mark / ... 21 episodes, 1993-1995
Barbara Flynn ...  Judith / ... 20 episodes, 1993-1995
Lorcan Cranitch ...  Beck / ... 20 episodes, 1993-1995
Ricky Tomlinson ...  Wise 15 episodes, 1994-1996
Tess Thomson Tess Thomson ...  Katie / ... 12 episodes, 1993-1995
Christopher Eccleston ...  D.C.I. Bilborough / ... 10 episodes, 1993-1994
Wil Johnson ...  Skelton 10 episodes, 1994-1995
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1993 (UK) See more »

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Dr Fitz See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1 Episode) | (23 Episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

[Dean keeps looking at Beck through his fingers]
Beck: Do that one more time and I'll rip you're bloody hands off!
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Alternate Versions

All the stories were originally shown on ITV in several parts, each of one hour (including commercials). However they were later released on DVD as a single episode per story, with a combined cast list rather than the one from the end-credit sequence of any of the transmitted parts of the story. See more »

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Soundtracks

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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Cracker
29 December 2004 | by josephmartindcSee all my reviews

I stumbled onto "Cracker" knowing nothing about it nor Robbie Coltrane. After getting into the series, I felt as if I'd died and gone to heaven. Previous writers have written very well about the brilliance of Robbie Coltrane's acting and Jimmy McGovern's writing. "Cracker" and so many other well-directed, -acted, -written British detective series beg the question: Why is Hollywood incapable of this stuff? With few exceptions, the U.S. film industry fails and fails so miserably. Except for the folks at HBO and the Boston PBS affiliate WGBH in collaboration with like-minded professionals in the U.K., "the suits" of the American film industry seem unwilling to gamble on a series like (the British version of) "Cracker." I also highly recommend "Foyle's War," "Touching Evil," and "Second Sight" if you're a fan of brilliant British detective series. "Prime Suspect" remains on my list to watch among some others, all British. I am forever thankful these are all available on DVD.


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