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Cracker 

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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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Jimmy McGovern
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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 »

Also Known As:

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

Jimmy McGovern originally planned to leave after the second series, claiming that he had "nothing more to write about," but was allowed to write the controversial rape storyline, "Men Should Weep", when he agreed to contribute a three-part story to the third series. See more »

Quotes

[to Beck]
Fitz: You're a bit like a doctor, aren't you?
Beck: Sorry?
Fitz: You tend to bury your mistakes.
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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

Summertime
Written by George Gershwin (uncredited), Ira Gershwin (uncredited) and DuBose Heyward (uncredited)
Sung by Carol Kidd
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14 December 2000 | by Dodger-9See 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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