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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.
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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.
Cast
Robbie Coltrane
As Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald
Christopher Eccleston
As DCI David Billborough (Series 1-2)
Ricky Tomlinson
As DCI Charlie Wise (Series 2-3)
Geraldine Somerville
As Det. Sgt. Jane Penhaligon
Lorcan Cranitch
As Det. Sgt. Jimmy Beck (Series 1-2)
Barbara Flynn
As Judith Fitzgerald
Reviews

Aramis

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 Sunday, March 4th 2007 at 8:38 pm

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Crew

Creator: Jimmy McGovern
Producer: John Chapman (2)
Production Designer: Tom Bowyer
Line Producer: Louise Mutter
First Assistant Director: Radford Neville
Second Assistant Director: Tom Rye
Costume Designer: Rhona Russell
Cinematographer: Florian Hoffmeister

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Recurring Guests

Andrew Tiernan as Sean (3 eps)
Kika Markham as Ann Appleby (2 eps)
Adrian Dunbar as Thomas Francis Kelly (2 eps)

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Warning: Cracker (UK) guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: itv ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Mondays
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 27, 1993
Ended: November 27, 1995
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