Cracker (1993)
Title Cracker
Publisher HBO Video
Year: 1993
Format DVD
Type Television series
Genre Documentary television programs; Mystery television programs
LC Call No. PN1992.8.D48C72 1993
Notes Fitz can look at a suspected criminal and find the cracks in their almost flawless exterior. And once he's found a crack, he can break them wide open.  But Fitz himself is not without flaws. He's an addicted gambler (though loathe to admit it); a sharp-tongued, chain-smoker and heavy drinker; a married man who loves his wife and children, but can't give up his other partners, drink and dice. But Fitz is also extremely intelligent, surprisingly funny and a little bit dangerous. A highly charismatic character who can draw people from all walks of life to him like a magnet. And in the gritty industrial town of Manchester, he's the best the local police have got. A wise-cracking, crook-cracking master of his art. For Fitz, murder is just the beginning.
Subject Cracker (Television program); Fitz (Fictitious character)--Drama; Hong Kong (China)--Drama; Manchester (England)--Drama; Police psychologists--Drama
Cracker, season 1, disc 1
Title The mad woman in the attic
Series Cracker: 1-1
Year 1993
Runtime 104 min
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Director Winterbottom, Michael
Cast Coltrane, Robbie - Fitz
Flynn, Barbara, 1948- - Judith
Eccleston, Christopher - D.C.I. Bilborough
Cranitch, Lorcan, 1959- - D.S. Beck
Somerville, Geraldine - D.S. Penhaligan
O'Brien, Kieran, 1973- - Mark Fitzgerald
Synopsis Fitz investigates the bloody murder of a young woman on a train and finds himself on the tracks of a serial killer.  His best suspect?  An amnesiac who cannot confess what he cannot remember.
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Cracker, season 1, disc 2
Title To say I love you
Series Cracker: 1-2
Year 1993
Runtime 156 min
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Director Andy Wilson
Cast Coltrane, Robbie - Fitz
Flynn, Barbara, 1948- - Judith
Eccleston, Christopher - D.C.I. Bilborough
Cranitch, Lorcan, 1959- - D.S. Beck
Somerville, Geraldine - D.S. Penhaligan
O'Brien, Kieran, 1973- - Mark Fitzgerald
Synopsis An unlikely couple of misfits, Tina and her stuttering boyfriend Sean, have taken their relationship to a new level by sharing in acts of murder.  Now, with his own marriage on the rocks, Fitz must dig deeper into the darkness that lurks on the other side of the words "I love you."
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Cracker, season 1, disc 3
Title One day a lemming will fly
Series Cracker: 1-3
Year 1993
Runtime 104 min
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Director Jones, Simon Cellan
Cast Coltrane, Robbie - Fitz
Flynn, Barbara, 1948- - Judith
Eccleston, Christopher - D.C.I. Bilborough
Cranitch, Lorcan, 1959- - D.S. Beck
Somerville, Geraldine - D.S. Penhaligan
O'Brien, Kieran, 1973- - Mark Fitzgerald
Synopsis A 14-year-old boy has gone missing and his teacher is suspected.  Enraged families have formed a lynch mob an dare storming the police station.  Fitz is convinced he has the right man, but one man's conviction may not lead to another.
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Cracker, season 2, disc 1
Title To be a somebody
Series Cracker: 2-1
Year 1994
Runtime 156 min
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Director Fywell, Tim
Cast Coltrane, Robbie - Fitz
Flynn, Barbara, 1948- - Judith
Eccleston, Christopher - Bilborough
Cranitch, Lorcan, 1959- - Beck
Somerville, Geraldine - Penhaligon
O'Brien, Kieran, 1973- - Mark
Tierney, Colin - Harriman
Synopsis A Pakistani storeowner has been cold-bloodedly murdered and a young male skinhead was witnessed leaving the scene.  When the killer strikes again and at the heart of the department, Fitz and the force have to work fast to defuse a potentially explosive situation.
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Cracker, season 2, disc 2
Title The big crunch
Series Cracker: 2-2
Year 1994
Runtime 156 min
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Director Jarrold, Julian
Cast Coltrane, Robbie - Fitz
Flynn, Barbara, 1948- - Judith
Cranitch, Lorcan, 1959- - Jimmy Beck
Somerville, Geraldine - Penhaligon
Tomlinson, Ricky, 1939- - Wise
Tierney, Colin - Harriman
O'Brien, Kieran, 1973- - Mark Fitzgerald
Synopsis Fitz finds himself drawn closer to Detective Sergeant Penhaligon in business and in pleasure. The case of an abducted young girl found naked and covered in mystic graffiti has brought the two of them up against a strange religious cult and their preacher, Kenneth Trant.
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Cracker, season 2, disc 3
Title Men should weep
Series Cracker: 2-3
Year 1994
Runtime 156 min
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Director Stewart, Jean
Cast Coltrane, Robbie - Fitz
Flynn, Barbara, 1948- - Judith
Cranitch, Lorcan, 1959- - Beck
Somerville, Geraldine - Penhaligon
Tomlinson, Ricky, 1939- - Wise
Tierney, Colin - Harriman
O'Brien, Kieran, 1973- - Mark
Synopsis There's a vicious rapist on the streets who wears a terrifying mask, appears to know his victims, and has something to hide.  Misinterpreting Fitz's advice on a radio talk show, the rapist is about to move from rape to murder and Fitz is about to track him perilously close to home.
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Cracker, season 3, disc 1
Title Brotherly love
Series Cracker: 3-1
Year 1995
Runtime 156 min
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Director Battersby, Roy
Cast Coltrane, Robbie - Fitz
Flynn, Barbara, 1948- - Judith
Cranitch, Lorcan, 1959- - Beck
Somerville, Geraldine - Penhaligon
Tomlinson, Ricky, 1939- - Wise
O'Brien, Kieran, 1973- - Mark
Cavanah, Robert, 1964- - Temple
Calder, David, 1946- - Michael Harvey
Brennan, Brid - Maggie Harvey
Russell, Clive - Danny
Lambert, Mark - David Harvey
Synopsis A death in the family reunites Fitz with his estranged brother, Danny, and pulls him -- fighting all the way -- back into the arms of the Catholic Church as they prepare for a funeral.
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Cracker, season 3, disc 2
Title Best boys
Series Cracker: 3-2
Year 1995
Runtime 104 min
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Director Charles McDougall
Cast Coltrane, Robbie - Fitz
Flynn, Barbara, 1948- - Judith
Somerville, Geraldine - Penhaligon
Tomlinson, Ricky, 1939- - Wise
O'Brien, Kieran, 1973- - Mark
Cavanah, Robert, 1964- - Temple
Johnson, Wilbert - Skelton
Russell, Clive - Danny
Ekblom, Annette - Diane Nash
Simm, John - Bill
Cunningham, Liam - Grady
Synopsis The funeral of a corrupt police officer lifts some of the weight off Penhaligon, but doesn't help her relationship with Fitz.  At home, Fitz is a new father with more than his share of the burden to carry.
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Title True romance
Series Cracker: 3-3
Year 1995
Runtime 104 min
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Director Fywell, Tim
Cast Coltrane, Robbie - Fitz
Flynn, Barbara, 1948- - Judith
Somerville, Geraldine - Penhaligon
Tomlinson, Ricky, 1939- - Wise
O'Brien, Kieran, 1973- - Mark
Cavanah, Robert, 1964- - Temple
Johnson, Wilbert - Skelton
Martin, Rosemary, 1936-1998 - Irene Jackson
Russell, Clive - Danny
Joyce, Emily - Janice
Synopsis While Fitz' wife, Judith, finds herself drawn to his brother, Danny, Fitz finds himself the amorous target of a sensual serial killer.  Bodies are being found.  Teasing letters are also turning up on Fitz's doorstep, and the two are soon connected.
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Cracker, season 4, disc 1
Title Lucky white ghost
Series Cracker: 4-1
Year 1996
Runtime 1 min
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1
Director Richard Standeven
Cast Coltrane, Robbie - Fitz
Tomlinson, Ricky, 1939- - DCI Wise
Michael Pennington - Cdr Gordon Ellison
Kay, Barnaby - Dennis Philby
Freda Foh Shen - Janet Lee Cheung
Liu, Ruoying, 1970- - Su Lin
Synopsis On a lecture tour of Hong Kong, Fitz is asked to help investigate the murder of a wealthy Chinese businessman.  The chief suspect is Dennis Philby, a "white ghost."  Fitz will have to work fast in this foreign field if he is to corner Philby and save Philby's wife from certain death.
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Cracker, season 5, disc 1
Title A new terror
Series Cracker: 5-1
Year 2006
Runtime 108 min
Audio Stereo
Director Bird, Antonia
Cast Coltrane, Robbie - Fitz
Flynn, Barbara, 1948- - Judith Fitzgerald
O'Brien, Kieran, 1973- - Mark Fitzgerald
Flanagan, Anthony - Kenny Archer
Coyle, Richard - DI Walters
Nayar, Nisha - DS Saffron Saleh
Gregory, Leo - Wallet thief
Spall, Rafe, 1983- - DS McAllister
Eichhorn, Lisa, 1952- - Jean Molloy
Synopsis Robbie Coltrane reprises his role as the abrasive, arrogant, and utterly brilliant psychologist, Dr. Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald, in this feature-length, final instalment of the award-winning crime series.  After living as an ex-pat for a decade, Fitz returns to England for his daughter's wedding and finds his homeland profoundly changed in the aftermath of 9/11 and the Iraq war.  Against the wishes of his family, Fitz joins the police in hunting for a murderer with no apparent motive.
A New Terror deftly depicts a world held hostage to violence, both personal and political.  It blares from omnipresent TV screens, crops up in casual conversations, and casts its shadow on everyday life.  As always, Fitz's insights into this world might edify you or infuriate you.  But they will never fail to fascinate.
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Title Cracker : behind the scenes
Year 2006
Runtime 46 min
Director Antcliff, Vernon
Cast McGovern, Jimmy - Himself
Coltrane, Robbie - Himself
Eccleston, Christopher - Himself
Cranitch, Lorcan, 1959- - Himself
Flynn, Barbara, 1948- - Herself
O'Brien, Kieran, 1973- - Himself
Harries, Andy - Himself
Spall, Rafe, 1983- - Himself
Neal, Gub - Himself
Synopsis An overview of the development and making of "Cracker".