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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 1

    A New Terror

    Aired 10/1/06

  • S 4 : Ep 2

    Nine Eleven

    Aired 10/1/06

  • S 4 : Ep 1

    White Ghost

    Aired 10/28/96

  • S 4 : Ep 0

    Cracker: Behind the Scenes

    Aired 10/1/06

  • S 3 : Ep 7

    True Romance, Episode 2

    Aired 11/27/95

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robbie Coltrane

    Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald

  • Christopher Eccleston

    D.C.I. David Bilborough [ 1993 - 1994 ]

  • Barbara Flynn

    Judith Fitzgerald

  • Ricky Tomlinson

    DCI Charlie Wise [ 1994 - 1996 ]

  • Robert Cavanah

    D.C. Alan Temple [ 1995 ]

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Cracker guide at Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald is an avowed drunkard and gambler, as well as being an expert criminal psychologist. In spite of marital and family problems, he has a knack for getting inside the minds of the criminally disturbed, and is called upon to assist the police in difficult cases that they cannot otherwise solve.Cracker ran for three seasons and was a consistent ratings success. It subsequently returned to British screens with a two-hour special in 1996 and 2006.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (43)

    • Fitz: I've forgotten more about amnesia than they'll ever know.

    • Thomas: Why do you drink so much? Fitz: I like it. Thomas: And smoke so much? Fitz: I like it. Thomas: And you gamble as well? Fitz: Yes, I like it.

    • Penhaligon: You've got me for one week. Fitz: I had pleurisy, once, for two.

    • Fitz: No sex. Strictly platonic. Keep your hands to yourself. I know it's going to be hard. There's nothing I can do about that. OK? It's just hands-off. Penhaligon [ rolling eyes ]: I'll try.

    • Fitz: This was intense sex… so intense the ground didn't tremble, didn't shake - it registered 8.9 on the Richter Scale, evacuate all of Southern California, shaking, shuddering, sex! Billborough: You're sick!

    • Fitz: Gamblers Anonymous? That's created by wankers, for wankers! Judith: Graham is a leader in the local chapter. Fitz: I rest my case.

    • Beck: (on Sean) He's havin' FITS, Fitz! Fitz: Yeah, well I'm still in CUSTODY, custody! Sean: (to Fitz on speech therapy) (really slowly) I'VE-TRIED-SPEECH-THERAPY-BUT-IT'S-NOT-ME-TALKING-IT'S-SOME-DICKHEAD.

    • Fitz [ to a waiter ]: It's really very sad… See, I'm a psychologist, and she's one of my patients… Judith: I'm not your patient, Fitz! I'm your wife! Fitz: Oh, yeah! Hi there - didn't recognize you without your straightjacket!

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    Notes (14)

    • Music: The songs "Summertime" and "Stormy Weather" are sung in this episode by Carol Kidd.

    • This is the only episode in the first series to show a part number ("Episode 2") after the story title.

    • Barbara Flynn is listed in the opening credits, but does not appear in this episode.

    • The scene with Fitz and Thomas Kelly was filmed on a real train in Manchester.

    • Kieran O'Brien is not named in the opening credits.

    • The Region One DVD of the first series (season one) has this episode broken down into just two segments, instead of three (the end of the second segment on the DVD is in fact the end of the story).

    • This episode was free on DVD inside the Daily Record 4/29/06.

    • Final appearance of D.C.I. David Bilborough (Christopher Eccleston). First appearance of D.C.I. Charlie Wise (Ricky Tomlinson).

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    Trivia (7)

    • This is the first episode that Fitz calls Penhaligon "Panhandle".

    • As Fitz and Penhaligon are escorting Cassidy through a busy shopping centre, a youth in the background can be seen waving to the camera.

    • Slight goof: When Fitz and Panhandle are bringing the suspect into police HQ, a mob of people swarm around the car. One individual in a blue, black and yellow jacket runs up to the car and gives it a kick as it passes him by. The shot changes to an interior viwe of the car's passengers as they continue to drive forward. In the next shot, the same man in the blue, yellow and black jacket again runs up to the car and gives it a good kick. They either reused the same footage or the actor has a twin.

    • In the scene between Bilborough and the Chief Super in the latter's office, the Chief Super's hands change position several times between shots.

    • In the scene where Joanne Barnes' parents stand by her lifeless body, you can see actress Samantha Morton breathing despite her character being dead.

    • Jane cocks the hammer of the pistol twice. The first time is as a sound effect after she tells him to lie down. The second time is on-screen, right before the scene ends.

    • In the reprise of Episode 1, a clip from this episode is used in error.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Fitz: I know people who owe more than this. Judith: Robert Maxwell maybe. Ian Robert Maxwell was a Czechoslovakian born British media proprietor and former Member of Parliament, who rose from poverty to build an extensive publishing business. After his mysterious death it was revealed that he had been embezzling from staff pension funds on a massive scale to support the business.

    • Fitz: When I was his age, I was into Biggles. Major James Bigglesworth, better known in flying circles as "Biggles", is a fictional pilot and adventurer created by W. E. Johns. He first appeared in the story "The White Fokker", published in the first issue of Popular Flying magazine. The first collection of Biggles stories, The Camels Are Coming, was published in 1932.

    • Fitz: He's gay and he won't come out. That's understandable. He's a teacher. Clause 28 and all that. He needs a woman, a member of staff to prove to the whole school that he's straight. Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1986, enacted on 24 May 1988 and repealed on 18 November 2003, stated that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship".

    • Policeman: With blokes like you on his tail, I'm sure Lord Lucan is scared to death. Lord "Lucky" Lucan, the 7th Earl of Lucan (born Richard John Bingham on 18 December 1934) was a British nobleman who allegedly murdered his children's nanny, and seriously assaulted his wife, with a length of lead piping on 7 November 1974. There has been no verified sighting of him since.

    • The Hillsborough stadium football disaster of April 15, 1989, is referenced here as a motive for Albie's murders.

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • A great series, despite a wobble half way through.

    By cook567, Apr 04, 2012

  • "Fitz" is a beer drinking, chain smoking, gambling addict that also happens to be a great psychologist, who helps the police solve gruesome murders. This Show is surely the best crime drama in the UK, if not the world. A Tuely amazing piece

    By draskers, Nov 09, 2005

  • Easily one of the best British crime dramas ever made, Cracker starred Robbie Coltrane as Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald, a drinking, gambling forensic psychologist whom helped the Manchester Police solve extremely difficult seemingly unsolvable cases.

    By RoxieVelma, Jul 29, 2005

  • Brilliant! The best of the best ...

    By xGowronx, Jul 16, 2005

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