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Created by Jimmy McGovern, 'Cracker' starred Robbie Coltrane as criminal psychologist (i.e. a 'cracker') Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald.
An accomplished ITV drama set in Manchester, 'Cracker' originally ran from 1993 to 1995, but was revived in 2006, with Coltrane reprising his role.
Also appearing in the series were Barbara Flynn as Fitz's wife Judith, Christopher Eccleston as Detective Chief Inspector David Bilborough, Geraldine Somerville as Detective Sergeant Jane 'Panhandle' Penhaligon, Lorcan Cranitch as DS Jimmy Beck, Ricky Tomlinson as DCI Charlie Wise, and Kieran O'Brien as Fitz's son Mark.
One of the most memorable episodes of 'Cracker', and indeed any drama shown on British TV, featured an outstanding performance by Robert Carlyle as a man turned insane by the Hillsborough tragedy. That episode, 'To Be A Somebody', was a high watermark for British TV drama.
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Cracker Episode List and Transmission Details
1-1 The Mad Woman In
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