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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...  Fitz 24 episodes, 1993-1996
...  Penhaligon / ... 23 episodes, 1993-1995
...  Mark / ... 21 episodes, 1993-1995
...  Judith / ... 20 episodes, 1993-1995
...  Beck / ... 20 episodes, 1993-1995
...  Wise 15 episodes, 1994-1996
Tess Thomson ...  Katie / ... 12 episodes, 1993-1995
...  D.C.I. Bilborough / ... 10 episodes, 1993-1994
...  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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Jimmy McGovern initially pictured Fitz as being a "thin, wiry man with a sense of danger - a John Cassavetes type" who looked like the had spent some time in the army. See more »

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Fitz: Gamblers Anonymous? That's created by wankers, for wankers!
Judith: Graham is the leader in the local chapter.
Fitz: I rest my case.
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Referenced in Empty: Protection (2008) See more »

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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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14 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

If you had to choose one ITV-made psychological thriller series from the Nineties for a desert island, what would it be?

Some may plump for Prime Suspect but for many, Cracker wins hands down - not least because of its star.

Robbie Coltrane has always been good value for money in comedy roles, but as the criminal psychologist Eddie Fitzgerald, he shone brighter than most stars of his generation.

Scripts by Jimmy McGovern (among others) did no harm and with a knockout supporting cast including Barbara Flynn, Lorcan Cranitch and Christopher Eccleston, it was little wonder the show won a string of awards.

When the Americans decided to remake the show almost word for word with Robert Pastorelli in the lead, it was a pretty fruitless attempt to sell a great series to a wider audience.

Although not bad, the star was lighter in more ways than one and the whole thing gave many fans a nagging sense of deja vu.


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