Cracker (ITV 1993-1995, Robbie Coltrane, Geraldine Somerville)

Robbie Coltrane is Fitz, a brilliant but self-destructive clinical psychologist in the acclaimed detective drama series, Cracker. In these sharply written stories, his ingenious skills at profiling and capturing criminals help the Manchester police force to solve some of the regions toughest crimes.

A genius at his work, Fitz is also deeply flawed. A hard drinker, heavy smoker with a weakness for gambling, Fitz struggles with a troubled marriage and strained relationships with some of the force who often resent his involvement in their investigations.

Always controversial, Cracker takes on tough issues, isn’t afraid to portray villains as sympathetic and takes a brave look at policing methods. Robbie Coltrane is a standout as Fitz and is supported by a strong ensemble cast of some of Britain’s finest actors including Christopher Eccleston and Ricky Tomlinson.

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production details
UK | ITV | 60 minutes | Broadcast 27 September 1993 – 27 November 1995

Creator: Jimmy McGovern,

Robbie Coltrane as Dr. Eddie ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald
Christopher Eccleston as DCI David Bilborough
Geraldine Somerville
Andrew Tiernan
Lorcan Cranitch as
Jim Carter as Kenneth Trant
Ruth Sheen as Jean McIlvanney
Rafe Spall as DS McAllister
Anthony Lewis as Steven Nash
Liam Cunningham as Stuart Grady
Samantha Morton
Barbara Flynn
Christopher Fulford as Nigel Cassidy
Kieran O’Brien
Ricky Tomlinson
Tess Thomson
Clive Russell as Danny Fitzgerald
Beth Goddard
Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Marcia Reid
Robert Carlyle

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