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(Oct 14, 2003)
Hot on the heels of PRIME SUSPECT came Robbie Coltrane's (Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies) outstanding creation of "Fitz," in the PBS series CRACKER. Fitz is an addicted gambler, a heavy drinker, and a brilliant if deeply flawed criminal psychologist. He is, to the working mind of a killer what CSI is to a trace of blood or a single hair. For Fitz, murder is just the beginning. Three stories follow Fitz as he investigates an accused commuter train killer with amnesia, a couple who share love and murder, and the killing of a young boy that shakes a community to its core.
The compelling Cracker is among the more exciting British mystery series from the 1990s, featuring a hero so flawed he's just as likely to end up inside a jail cell as outside chasing bad guys. Robbie Coltrane, perhaps best known for playing Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, is unconventional psychologist Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald, a rotund teacher who exhorts students to look within their dark hearts and who gleefully embraces his own addictions to gambling, booze, and nicotine.
Caught in a downward spiral, Fitz sneers as his debts mount and his wife (Barbara Flynn) leaves him, but he rallies when a favorite student is slashed to death on a train in series debut "The Mad Woman in the Attic." The suspect, a longtime amnesiac, is put through grueling police torments, but Fitz believes in the man's innocence, thus establishing his ambivalent relationship with Detective Chief Inspector Bilborough (Christopher Eccleston) and a quasi-romantic alliance with another detective, Jane "Panhandle" Penhaligon (Geraldine Somerville, also from the Potter films). Michael Winterbottom, now a renowned feature filmmaker (Welcome to Sarajevo), provides admirable direction.
Fitz's interest in obsessive behavior and his talent for spinning out instant psychological profiles makes him invaluable to Bilborough in subsequent episode "To Say I Love You," in which a rage-filled young man and his scheming girlfriend kill a loan shark. Though the story is less interesting than the Cracker pilot, Fitz's slow crawl back to self-respect and resentful cooperation with his estranged wife's therapist are irresistible entertainment. Finally, "One Day a Lemming Will Fly," in which the murder of a 13-year-old boy sparks a lynch-mob mentality among the public, is a strong two-parter that raises some interesting crises for Fitz. Does he belong with his wife and kids or with Panhandle? Is he better at his job when his personal life is a disaster? The provocative final scenes make one hunger to see more of Cracker. --Tom Keogh
I have a little trouble discernibg the verbal parlays of these characters at first but after an episode or two I fall right in with the psychological and humorous tone of this talk... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by rad
I loved this series. Robbie Coltrane is superb as Fitz. BBC television programs add a little difference to everyday life.Published on December 17, 2012 by Barbara Perdue
I bought this used at a Good price, it was in excellent condition, recieved it pretty quick. The show is worth watching. I was very happy with this purchasePublished on April 19, 2012 by Madonna Harden
I ordered Cracker Series 1: The Mad Woman in the Attic, To Say I love You, and One Day a Lemming Will Fly. Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by MEL
After viewing the series 2 Cracker that was available from Netflix, I was eager to see the earlier and later segments. Read morePublished on November 6, 2010 by Cornelia Miller
I just finished watching the first series of BBC's CRACKER, a detective series featuring a quirky psychologist with plenty of personal problems himself. Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by P. Hale
I loved this series and highly recommend it and all of the cracker series. Fitz is so witty and charming and you'll wish the story never ends. I love Robbie Coltrane.Published on March 26, 2009 by Roberta L. Kirk