Cracker (1993–1996)
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One Day a Lemming Will Fly: Part 1 

A young boy goes missing and is soon found dead in a wood, and Fitz is asked to join the investigation.


Simon Cellan Jones


Jimmy McGovern (written and created by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Coltrane ... Fitz
Barbara Flynn ... Judith
Wesley Cook Wesley Cook ... Tim Lang
Linda Henry Linda Henry ... Mrs Perry
John Graham-Davies John Graham-Davies ... Francis Bates (as John Graham Davies)
Ann Francis Ann Francis ... Croupier
Geraldine Somerville ... D.S. Penhaligon
Lee Hartney Lee Hartney ... Andy Lang (as Lee Philip Hartney)
Frances Tomelty Frances Tomelty ... Mrs. Lang
John Vine John Vine ... Lindsay
Christopher Eccleston ... D.C.I. Bilborough
Tim Healy ... Mr Lang
Lorcan Cranitch ... D.S. Beck
Amelia Bullmore ... Catriona Bilborough
Christopher Fulford ... Cassidy


The police investigate the murder of a thirteen-year old boy who is found hanging in a tree in a nearby wood. The pathologist quickly determines that the boy was actually strangled and the hanging then staged. The murder causes an uproar in the community. The boy was gay and was the subject of much teasing and bullying at school. When one of the boy's school teachers tries to commit suicide he becomes the prime suspect. Fitz's wife Judith has returned home, but he is having difficulty forgiving her infidelity. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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1 November 1993 (UK) See more »

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Francis Bates: I saw a man jogging, that's all.
DS Jimmy Beck: Your girlfriend didn't mention a jogger.
Francis Bates: She was in the car. I was having a pee.
DCI Bilborough: Can you describe him?
Francis Bates: Thirty-odd, average height. It was dark.
DS Jimmy Beck: Nothing else?
Francis Bates: Tracksuit top with a hood. I got back into the car, we started to mess around. She took off. I chased her for a bit.
DCI Bilborough: Chased her?
Francis Bates: She likes that kind of thing.
DCI Bilborough: What kind of thing?
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References A Room with a View (1985) See more »

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19 July 2010 | by stancym-1See all my reviews

Wow, these episodes Part One and Two of Cracker are certainly among the best. The nature of love in all its forms, layers, twists and turns, is examined. We get a look at how Fitz, the lead character, understands the power and meaning of love, yet in his own life, pushes love away. For example,he will not forgive his wife for a brief infidelity which took place while he and his wife were SEPARATED. Yet she is supposed to forgive him for his chronic gambling, drinking, and egotistical and selfish behavior. He lusts after a colleague and considers an affair, yet does not question his own double standard with regard to his wife.

Fitz really IS his own worst enemy, yet we can't totally dislike him. We feel sorry for him and at the same time, we don't. He evokes complex and contradictory feelings in us. He is fascinating.

How does he have such confidence in his sex appeal for women when he is so overweight, that is one thing I would like to know.

This two-parter left me feeling unsettled, and pondering again the power and complexity of love as it plays out in the murder story and in Fitz' private life. Don't miss these Lemming episodes.

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