I cannot recommend this highly enough. His inability to control himself is at the center of the drama. This adds quite a bit to the enjoyment of the series. The good guy doesn't always win, the good guy isn't always right, and most notably sometimes there isn't even a good guy. . All 11 feature length Cracker adventures in one box set! He is one of the few unattractive leading men who can convincingly flirt with attractive women, so that when they are suddenly interested in him, you believe it.
And Robert Carlisle was never better than he was in this. But his bluster fails to hide that he is an incompetent copper, a bigot, a misogynist, a man promoted to a level set way out of his depth, whose barely concealed contempt for women and hero-worship for his superior, Bilborough Clive Eccleston , proves to be his undoing. In 'The Big Crunch', Fitz is called in to investigate the sinister operations of a religious cult, which perversely punishes its young acolytes for the sins of its leaders. Cracker was a series brave enough to unflinchingly kill-off key players and make drama from the fall-out. Sarah Jennings 2 episodes, 1994. Simon Appleby 2 episodes, 1993. So if you are possibly offended by a hero who's not just an alcoholic gambler but quite proud of it, then you might want to avoid this.
Overall, incredible in every way. But the challenge of analysing the criminally insane gives him wings to stretch himself in ways everyday life can't. . You won't find any lily-white heroes here. Prime Suspect is good too, but the characters here are more believable. Julie Lang 2 episodes, 1993.
One Day A Lemming Will Fly 4. Yet he is so human, so gifted with razor sharp wit and talented by means of his rare insight into the human condition, that he automatically has the audience on his side. In 'Best Boys', Fitz faces more problems on the home and professional fronts, as the shadow of Jimmy Beck's suicide continues to loom over his relationship with Penhaligon. Kenneth Trant 3 episodes, 1994. . It's not just the quality of these individual elements though that bowls one over, but also how they are all balanced, never too much of one or too little of another. .
Robbie Coltrane has always been good value for money in comedy roles, but as the criminal psychologist Eddie Fitzgerald, he shone brighter than most stars of his generation. These powerful crime dramas examine the pressures and prejudices of contemporary urban life and the violence that they spawn. Here in Cracker you're more likely to get an ending where the wrong person goes to jail, or someone gets blown up, fade to black, roll credits. It is a fantastic cartoon that teaches manners and good morals to kids. To Say I Love You 3. Another fascinating aspect of Cracker is the way it humanizes its serial killers and other abhorrent types, no matter how brutal and horrifying their violent acts may be. The storylines are very good, and the dialogue and situations are touching, poignant and very disturbing.
Mark Fitzgerald 18 episodes, 1993-1995. He has an almost uncontrollable need to rip into the emotionally vulnerable, and the cost he pays for this is high indeed. Direction was excellent, from Antonia Bird and Michael Winterbottom, among others. The characters are also incredibly well written, Fitz being one of the best-written and most fascinating characters ever to grace television in my opinion. That said, just about every performance by every player is pitch-perfect.
Accept no substitutes This is a completely brilliant mini-series, probably the best program ever to be show on television. Every killer on the show, it seems, has a psychological angle that is positively disturbing hence, I suppose, the need for a police psychologist. In a series that shows the British command of unorthodoxy and human frailty, Coltrane shines. This was a great price for all the epsodes I get. Many years later you still remember story lines, characters or even the name of a movie or show. Sergeant Smith 3 episodes, 1993. I think my best find there was Stargate Ultimate Edition the out of print 2 disc set.
All of of the actors play human beings with strengths and weakness, with complex interactions. Wilson Parry 2 episodes, 1994. When being introduced to 'Cracker' quite late- in the past six years to be exact- this reviewer found the show every bit as great as the best of the above shows, in fact on par and perhaps even better, coming from someone who has loved Miss Marple, Poirot and 'Inspector Morse' since eleven years old this is incredibly high praise. More than a spectator, you are drawn into the story as an active participant. Some may plump for Prime Suspect but for many, Cracker wins hands down - not least because of its star. Dean Saunders 2 episodes, 1994.
Fantastic acting and script writing. Never was a show so character-driven and in such an emotionally affecting way. He plans to avenge the 96 in a murder spree focusing on the police and The Sun tabloid newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch that essentially blamed the victims. He also comes off to me as something of a misogynist sp. Scripts by Jimmy McGovern among others did no harm and with a knockout supporting cast including Barbara Flynn, Lorcan Cranitch and Christopher Eccleston, it was little wonder the show won a string of awards. When the young man begins a spree of crime with his girlfriend, Fitz's theories are proved correct. Although it's Jimmy McGovern's baby, it should not be forgotten that other writers contributed some superb work to this chronicle.