Cracker (UK)

Cracker (UK)

Cracker is a British police/crime show but with a twist. The lead character, Fitz (or Dr. Edward ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald) is a criminal psychologist that is hired by the Manchester police as a consultant. Fitz is a brilliant psychologist but as a man he has many vices (gambling, drinking, etc), has a somewhat failing marriage, and has a rather lazy son (and a young daughter whose character is not yet fixed). Fitz (Robbie Coltrane) mostly works with DS Penhaligon (Geraldine Somerville), a young up-and-coming female detective, and sometimes with DS Jimmy Beck (Lorcan Cranitch), a detective of the old school methods.

Cracker aired in Britain from 1993-1995, plus one special in 1996 (24 episodes; a Granada Television production, as opposed to the BBC). There is a planned special rumored to appear in 2006. Cracker followed a different type of format. The 24 episodes actually consist of ten different stories. Each story-arc would last two to three episodes. There was also a series of novels based on the series, but those novels are now out of print (“The Mad Woman in the Attic” by Jim Mortimore, “Brotherly Love” by Jim Mortimore, “Men Should Weep” by Jim Mortimore - not sure if there are more novelizations out there).

An USA version of this show was attempted in 1997-1998, but only eleven episodes were aired on TV, (Robert Pastorelli played “Gerry ‘Fritz’ Fitzgerald on the USA Cracker; all sixteen episodes of the US Cracker are available on DVD).

Cracker returned for a one-time special on October 1, 2006.

Episode Info

Final: S04-Special -- Nine Eleven (Oct/01/2006) [Special Airtime: 09:00 pm]

After a ten year stay in Australia, Fitz and his wife Judith return to England to attend their daughter's wedding. Once back in England, the urge to test his mental abilities against that of a killer resurface, and Fitz joins forces with the local police force to track down a killer, one who has killed an American comedian.
Robbie ColtraneRobbie Coltrane
As Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald
Christopher EcclestonChristopher Eccleston
As DCI David Billborough (Series 1-2)
Christopher EcclestonChristopher Eccleston
As DCI David Billborough (Series 1-2)
Ricky TomlinsonRicky Tomlinson
As DCI Charlie Wise (Series 2-3)
Geraldine SomervilleGeraldine Somerville
As Det. Sgt. Jane Penhaligon
Lorcan CranitchLorcan Cranitch
As Det. Sgt. Jimmy Beck (Series 1-2)
Lorcan CranitchLorcan Cranitch
As Det. Sgt. Jimmy Beck (Series 1-2)
Barbara FlynnBarbara Flynn
As Judith Fitzgerald


Reviews: 58
Brilliant! The best of the best ...Rating: 1 likes, 1 dislikes

Cracker may be just another in a long line of British crime dramas that were very popular in the early 90's, but Cracker stands out as one of the sharpest, wittiest, and most intelligently written of them all. I would say it is even better than Prime Suspect, which is another personal favourite. Read more

Review posted on Monday, March 5th 2007 at 4:38 am

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Creator: Jimmy McGovern
Producer: John Chapman (2)
Second Assistant Director: Tom Rye
Cinematographer: Florian Hoffmeister

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Recurring Guests

Andrew Tiernan as Sean (5 eps)
Adrian Dunbar as Thomas Francis Kelly (3 eps)
Cherith Mellor as Norma Trant (2 eps)
Darren Tighe as Dean Saunders (2 eps)
Keith Ladd as Mr. Brien (2 eps)
Beth Goddard as Clare Moody (2 eps)
Kika Markham as Ann Appleby (2 eps)
Kelvin Fletcher as Boy (2 eps)
Kieran O'Brien as Mark Fitzgerald (2 eps)
Tim Healy as Mr. Lang (2 eps)

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