List of Cracker episodes

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The following is a list of episodes of the ITV drama series Cracker starring Robbie Coltrane and Geraldine Somerville. A total of five series (three main and two specials) were broadcast over the course of thirteen years. Episodes varied in length from 50 minutes (series one-three) to 120 minutes (series four and five). The original broadcast of episode one of the "Brotherly Love" story was an hour long, a total of seventy minutes with commercials, and shown on the Sunday before the regular Monday slot for the series. Further broadcasts of this episode, including VHS and DVD release, were edited down to the conventional 50 minute size.[1]

Series 1 (1993)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "The Mad Woman in the Attic (Part One)" Jimmy McGovern Michael Winterbottom 17.09(US) 27 September 1993 (1993-09-27)
After a young woman is found dead on a train, slashed to death with a razorblade, criminal psychologist Dr Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald is hired by DI Bilborough to help in the investigation. The prime suspect, Thomas Francis Kelly, however, claims to have amnesia, despite Fitz's attempts to crack him.
2 "The Mad Woman in the Attic (Part Two)" Jimmy McGovern Michael Winterbottom 16.98(US) 4 October 1993 (1993-10-04)
While Kelly continues to have no recollection about the murder, Fitz takes him into his custody and begins to believe in his innocence when a man claiming to be Kelly's priest commits the sin of confirming that Kelly confessed his guilt a while ago.
3 "To Say I Love You (Part One)" Jimmy McGovern Andy Wilson 20.15(US) 11 October 1993 (1993-10-11)
Fitz is drawn into a Bonnie and Clyde story when two young social outcasts, the mentally unstable Sean Kerrigan and the insecure Tina O'Brien, find each other and go on a crime spree.
4 "To Say I Love You (Part Two)" Jimmy McGovern Andy Wilson 21.22(US) 18 October 1993 (1993-10-18)
DS Giggs is killed by Sean and Tina, who send the police a video of their intentions beforehand. Fitz recognises Sean from a previous encounter and lures them out. Tina accosts Fitz at a bar with the intention of murdering him, but she is caught and arrested, while Sean flees.
5 "To Say I Love You (Part Three)" Jimmy McGovern Andy Wilson 18.66(US) 25 October 1993 (1993-10-25)
With the police closing in on him, Sean targets Tina's family in revenge for Tina's harsh upbringing, while Fitz pleads with Tina to cooperate with them before Sean goes too far.
6 "One Day a Lemming Will Fly (Part One)" Jimmy McGovern Simon Cellan Jones 20.65(US) 1 November 1993 (1993-11-01)
A young boy, Timothy Lang, is found hanged in a nearby wood, drawing the ire of the city, and the main suspect appears to be Tim's school teacher, Mr. Cassidy.
7 "One Day a Lemming Will Fly (Part Two)" Jimmy McGovern Simon Cellan Jones 25.08(US) 8 November 1993 (1993-11-08)
Cassidy is arrested but set free due to lack of evidence. After he is almost killed by Timothy's father, he is placed in custody of Fitz, who pressures Cassidy to confess while he himself remains uncertain of Cassidy's guilt.

Series 2 (1994)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "To Be a Somebody (Part One)" Jimmy McGovern Tim Fywell TBA 10 October 1994 (1994-10-10)
Albert "Albie" Kinsella Jr., a survivor of the Hillsborough disaster and divorced and bitter manual worker, is driven over the edge by his father's passing. After an unpleasant encounter with a Pakistani shopkeeper, Albie shaves his head and murders him, leaving only a bizarre number at the scene. Due to a conflict over Cassidy, Bilborough does not hire Fitz, but a different psychologist who comes to the wrong conclusion. Bilborough reconsiders his decision when the psychologist is also murdered.
2 "To Be a Somebody (Part Two)" Jimmy McGovern Tim Fywell TBA 17 October 1994 (1994-10-17)
Re-hiring Fitz, the police become convinced that they are not dealing with a hood, but an ordinary citizen gone horribly wrong. As they investigate Albie's neighbourhood, Albie feigns cancer and fools DS Beck, with dire consequences when Albie lures Bilborough into a trap and stabs him to death. In his final moments, Bilborough identifies Albie to his comrades.
3 "To Be a Somebody (Part Three)" Jimmy McGovern Tim Fywell TBA 24 October 1994 (1994-10-24)
Bilborough is replaced by DCI Charlie Wise, who takes over the investigation. As the police close in on him, Albie reveals a few explosive tricks to carry out his revenge for Hillsborough.
4 "The Big Crunch (Part One)" Ted Whitehead Julian Jarrold TBA 31 October 1994 (1994-10-31)
A young girl missing for several days is discovered naked, covered in strange symbols and quoting the Bible. The trail leads to a fringe Christian sect and its charismatic leader, Kenneth Trant.
5 "The Big Crunch (Part Two)" Ted Whitehead Julian Jarrold TBA 7 November 1994 (1994-11-07)
The police track down and arrest one of Trant's mentally-disturbed workers after the girl dies in the hospital. Fitz cracks him and discovers his innocence, but he hangs himself out of guilt.
6 "The Big Crunch (Part Three)" Ted Whitehead Julian Jarrold TBA 14 November 1994 (1994-11-14)
As Fitz begins an affair with DS Jane Penhaligon, he makes it his mission to crack Trant and his obedient family into admitting their guilt in murdering the young girl, while learning it will not be as easy as it seems.
7 "Men Should Weep (Part One)" Jimmy McGovern Jean Stewart TBA 21 November 1994 (1994-11-21)
Floyd Malcolm, a black taxi driver, lashes out at white men who disrespect him by raping their wives and destroying the evidence, and strikes at the heart of Fitz's personal life when Penhaligon is raped.
8 "Men Should Weep (Part Two)" Jimmy McGovern Jean Stewart TBA 28 November 1994 (1994-11-28)
Convinced that Penhaligon was raped by somebody else, the police begin closing in on Floyd, while Penhaligon discovers a connection between her rapist and DS Jimmy Beck. Acting apparently on Fitz's advice, Floyd murders his next victim.
9 "Men Should Weep (Part Three)" Jimmy McGovern Jean Stewart TBA 5 December 1994 (1994-12-05)
Floyd is captured, but his lawyer secures his release before he can confess, and he plans his revenge against Fitz while Penhaligon takes matters into her own hands with Beck.

Series 3 (1995)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "Brotherly Love (Part One)" Jimmy McGovern Roy Battersby TBA 22 October 1995 (1995-10-22)
The brutal murder and violation of a prostitute quickly leads the police to arrest David Harvey, while the death of Fitz's mother reunites him with his estranged brother, Danny. After four months of mental therapy, DS Beck returns to the force, to Penhaligon's discomfort.
2 "Brotherly Love (Part Two)" Jimmy McGovern Roy Battersby TBA 23 October 1995 (1995-10-23)
After another prostitute is killed in an identical manner, the police tail and arrest David Harvey's brother, Father Michael. Though he is released due to lack of evidence, Michael casts his suspicion on David's wife, Maggie, who claims Michael killed one of her children. Meanwhile, Beck breaks down and admits to Fitz that he did rape Penhaligon, but makes Fitz swear to keep it secret.
3 "Brotherly Love (Part Three)" Jimmy McGovern Roy Battersby TBA 29 October 1995 (1995-10-29)
Fitz realises Maggie is the second killer and she arrested before she can kill another prostitute. She confesses to her crimes, but also to the murder of the first prostitute to secure David's release, which drives Beck to his breaking point and leads to a devastating climax.
4 "Best Boys (Part One)" Paul Abbott Charles McDougall TBA 6 November 1995 (1995-11-06)
When the older Stuart Grady meets the teenage Bill Nash, the instant attraction between the two leads to murderous consequences. Meanwhile, the birth of Fitz's new son is not the solution to his marital strife that he expected, and Judith begins to seek solace with Danny.
5 "Best Boys (Part Two)" Paul Abbott Charles McDougall TBA 13 November 1995 (1995-11-13)
An accident leads the police to apprehend Grady while Nash is still at large. As the police close in on him, Nash targets his former foster family, particularly their little boy.
6 "True Romance (Part One)" Paul Abbott Tim Fywell TBA 20 November 1995 (1995-11-20)
Fitz becomes the target of a secret admirer who is willing to kill – and keep killing – to get his attention, understanding and love.
7 "True Romance (Part Two)" Paul Abbott Tim Fywell TBA 27 November 1995 (1995-11-27)
Fitz's personal life is thrown into disarray when his admirer targets his son, Mark.

Series 4 (1996)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "White Ghost" Paul Abbott Richard Standeven TBA 28 October 1996 (1996-10-28)
While in Hong Kong on a lecture tour, Fitz is asked by the local police to help investigate the murder of a Chinese businessman.

Series 5 (2006)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "A New Terror" Jimmy McGovern Antonia Bird 8.83 1 October 2006 (2006-10-01)
Fitz returns to Manchester for his daughter's wedding, but is soon involved in another murder investigation when an American comedian is killed, apparently without motive.


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