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Cracker

5 Seasons

Season 3
4.4 out of 5 stars (42) IMDb 8.5/10

Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald is a drunkard, a gambler, a boor, and a brilliant criminologist--an indelible character in British crime fiction. Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter) stars in 10 feature-length mysteries that aired in the UK from 1993-96 and the final installment (2006), A New Terror. Winner of more than 25 major awards, seen on BBC America, this is smart, gritty television with an outstanding cast.

Starring:
Robbie Coltrane, Geraldine Somerville

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Season 3

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1. Brotherly Love, Part 1

Following the murder of a prostitute, the police call in Fitz to investigate. An arrest is made and the main suspect, David Harvey (Mark Lambert), is brought in for interrogation. However, when an identical murder takes place, the team have to consider whether they have the wrong man or a copy-cat killing.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: October 16, 1995
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2. Brotherly Love, Part 2

With DS Beck now back on the force, DS Penhaligon has no choice but to work with him despite her conviction that he raped her. Fitz's life is placed in further turmoil with the death of his mother, and the police question Harvey's family in an attempt to stop more killings.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: October 23, 1995
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3. Brotherly Love, Part 3

As DS Jimmy Beck and DS Penhaligon face up to the dramatic events of the past, Fitz discovers the terrible truth behind both the murders and the rape.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: October 30, 1995
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4. Best Boys, Part 1

DS Penhaligon attends DS Beck's funeral, to make sure he is really dead and buried. Homeless factory worker Bill Nash is given refuge by his foreman Stuart Grady, but the landlady gets into an argument with Bill, and he murders her. After being interviewed by the police, Bill and Grady go on the run which leads them to Nash's adoptive family's home and yet another death.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: November 6, 1995
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5. Best Boys, Part 2

Fitz discovers Bill was returned to foster care by the Nash family leaving permanent scars. Meanwhile the police make the connection between Bill and Grady who is in the hospital after getting burnt. With Grady captured, Fitz realizes where Bill will go next but can he make it in time to save Diane Nash?

TV-NR CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: November 13, 1995
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6. True Romance, Part 1

Fitz takes some teaching work at the University where he begins receiving love letters. Janice, a lab technician, is the writer of the letters and in her depression over her lack of attention from her family, begins murdering make students she has lured into her room. The police want to take Fitz off the case as they understand that the murderer is writing to, and killing, for him.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 20, 1995
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7. True Romance, Part 2

Fitz asks DCI Wise to replace him with Irene Jackson, as the killer may stop killing without his individual attention. Janice changes tack and lures Fitz's son to her flat, but when the police catch her, she is alone. With Mark Fitzgerald's life in jeopardy, Fitz must use all his powers of interrogation in finding his son before it's too late.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: November 27, 1995
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First of all, I want to say straight out that every Cracker episode prior to this one definitely deserves 5 stars. This one, however, is the final compilation (in UK, it's released as series 1 and 2-- not divided into 3 seasons) and, it's a complete let down to the earlier episodes. White Ghost, the finale (not including the 2006 episode that also has nothing to do with earlier episodes)is the poorest conclusion for a character-driven series that I've ever seen.

During the series, we met Fitz, a brash, alcohol-guzzling, chain-smoking psychologist. He is brilliant. He understands everything going on around him and can read a person like a book. Watching him is an experience. The stories are so well-written and the characters so intense, that this entire series (up until what is sold here as the Third Season) is a joy.

But, the third and final season just doesn't tie up any of the loose ends. It gives some suggestion, but nothing really. And, by Fitz' mention of Penhaligan in the last episode here, any question that you might have felt had been answered was obviously incorrect.

In the episode just prior to White Ghost, we find out Penhaligan has given her resignation. We find out how Cracker truly feels about his wife (well, kind of-- as he walks out of the hospital leaving her standing alone). And, that's that.

In the last episode, we never see any closure. And, Fitz calls home, too, and his wife lives there! And, he asks for Penhaligan to be sent to Hong Kong to help with his case, and she can't come. But, that's all. So, we never find out how these three are now interacting with eachother and that's the biggest letdown after all this character buildup from the prior episodes.
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Great wind-up to the series. The casting is perfect. As always, the stories are thought-provoking and gritty, but told with humour and compassion. Buy all three series, and watch them in order, or you'll miss the carefully crafted progression through the main characters' lives.
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Cracker reminds me somewhat of the character who plays The Mentalist. Difference is that his character is very interesting in the story - complications at home with his wife, children, and girlfriend, plus his bad habits - gambling and drinking, for example. I am somewhat bothered by the fact that he give a profile on a killer, having so little details from the story - he is a psychiatrist. This seems a little unrealistic, but watching his character and his relationship with the police is what intrigues me.
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Yep he solves the most convoluted mysteries, but can't see his own life get wrung out like a used dish rag. Don't you just love a Hero that can see everything except that tree in the middle of the road? Anyway they took him as far as he could get from home and set him down in Hong Kong. Even with people that speak English he still needs an translator. Nothing new there. Coltrane shines thru even in an ending that might not be what you expected.
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Love the series bought all three. Couldn't go wrong to purchase the DVD's. Great acting, very well written.
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Second and third seasons a must--then see if you want the early one.
More modern PBS series are slicker--Zen, Wallander, Insp Lewis, but for its day,
Fitz was like a forensic Freud.
Still not on the same level as any and all the Jeremy Brett Holmes series but, worth a try.
Certainly better than his Harry Potter act but he finally got to make dough!!$$
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To those that have never seen this british crime series I say buy it you won't regret it, I had seen it off and on on PBS for years but this was the first time I came accross the entire collection.Robbie Coltrane ( from Harry Potter Fame) is an outstanding talent in the series and it is done so well, for those that don't know him, he has been a very popular stage and screen actor in Great Britan for years .
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I like all the different layers to the show. It's not like most US shows that the story just revolves around the crime. The characters are all 3 dimensional with flaws and all, but I still have compassion for them.
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