Cracker (1993–1996)
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The Mad Woman in the Attic: Part 1 

The second of two beautiful women is murdered on a train, and the primary suspect is an amnesiac man. A psychologist, Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald, an old friend of the second victim, is brought in to help.


Jimmy McGovern (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Coltrane ... Fitz
Rob Palmer Rob Palmer ... Racing Commentary (voice)
Jeffrey Robert Jeffrey Robert ... Head of Psychology
Andy Devine Andy Devine ... Guard on Train
Lorcan Cranitch ... D.S. Beck
Christopher Eccleston ... D.C.I. Bilborough
Louise Downie Louise Downie ... Jacqui Appleby
Geraldine Somerville ... D.S. Penhaligon
Ian Mercer ... D.C. Giggs
Ron Meadows Ron Meadows ... Roberts
Paul Copley ... Pathologist
Kerry Shale ... Scene of Crime Expert
Vincent Davies Vincent Davies ... Taxi Driver (as Vincent Paul Davies)
Kieran O'Brien ... Mark Fitzgerald
Tess Thomson Tess Thomson ... Kate Fitzgerald


The police have a serial killer on their hands. Two women have been killed in virtually identical circumstances, with their throats slit by what they believe is a straight razor. When they find a man unconscious on the side of railway tracks covered in blood, some of which belonged to the second victim, they're sure they have their man, but he claims complete memory loss. Psychologist Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitagerald knew the second second victim Jacqui Appleby and her parents ask him to intervene with the police. Fitz isn't convinced that the man with memory loss is guilty and with the assistance of DS Jane Penhaligon sets out to find the true murderer. On the home front, Fitz is facing new challenges when his wife leaves him upon learning that his gambling has pushed them over the limit on both their credit cards and he also re-mortgaged the house. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

27 September 1993 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


This story & 2 others from the first series are the subject of a book "Jimmy McGovern's Cracker: From Tragedy To Success A Noir Of The Nineties" author Josephine M Dunn ISBN 9-7819-8062-5452 paperback published by KDP & also as a Kindle book. See more »


During Penhaligon's high speed driving segment, the rear view mirror is off the stem, then reappears. See more »


Head of Psychology: [in a packed lecture theatre] OK everyone,
[audience begins to stop talking]
Head of Psychology: Dr. Fitzgerald is now ready to give us his lecture.
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: [Fitz approaches the lectern and puts on his glasses; total silence in lecture theatre; he picks up a book] Spinoza...
[Fitz throws the book into the audience and picks up another book]
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: ... Descartes...
[throws the book into the audience and picks up another book]
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: ... Hobbes...
[throws the book into the audience and picks up another book]
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: ... Locke...
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References The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) See more »


Every Time We Say Goodbye
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