Cracker This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 04 November, 2009. Barbara Flynn, Christopher Eccleston, Geraldine Somerville, Ricky Tomlinson and Lorcan Crannitch support him impeccably, while out of the villains Robert Carlyle's spine-chilling Albie Kinsella some of his best ever acting stands out by a landslide. The plot lines for the main narratives alone, however, are not what made it great. It's the later you look forward to the most but there's also a terrific supporting cast to enjoy including Christopher Eccleston, Geraldine Sommrevile and the superb Ricky Tomlinson. At the same time, Fitz is driven by his own self-destructive compulsions - scotch, sex, and gambling, and his personal arrogance makes him barely tolerable to his co-workers. I did not know there was an american version, but I have no wish to see it. 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.
Andrew Wiley 2 episodes, 1994. See this, if you ever get the chance. Later on, his father got cancer and during chemotherapy before his death lost all his hair which, rather than racism, prompted Albie to do likewise. Fitz receives letters from an anonymous female admirer, only to discover that she could be a murderer. It's impossible to overstate this fact, so i'll say it again: this is really classy television. . Mild Spoilers But it turns out to be far more complicated than that: a fan of the Liverpool Football Club, Albie and his father were witness to one of the great tragedies of professional sports, the Hillsborough Disaster, in which 96 fans were asphyxiated and crushed in a mass panic during Liverpool's game with Nottingham Forest.
. In addition, the producers have gone out and hired some of the best actors around - and a lot of Celts-- for guest star spots. . I'm pleased that some of the notable cast have continued their streak of excellence beyond this program, my only wish is that Mr. The series also has humor, though.
With his sharp intellect and ability to get inside the mind of criminals though, Fitz is a precious resource for the Manchester Police, who couldn't do without him--even though he isn't exactly the most liked person on the force. Razia Ali 2 episodes, 1994. Jimmy McGovern is a genius. These powerful crime dramas examine the pressures and prejudices of contemporary urban life and the violence that they spawn. First rate writing and acting all around.
You'd be surprised at what you can find there. 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. McGovern's character's are never allowed to stand still - they have real emotional and psychological density and the fallout from events in one story and they're are many particularly in the first two series are carried through into the next. He has gone on to play in Ocean's Twelve,GoldenEye, and as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films. Robbie Coltrane is quite the 300 + pound sex symbol. .
A fiercely intelligent, disturbing, powerful, funny masterwork by a writer and cast at their peak. I think my best find there was Stargate Ultimate Edition the out of print 2 disc set. Danny Fitzgerald 3 episodes, 1995. It is as good as Sopranos or Six Feet Under. In one early episode Fitz sits with a mother whose boy was recently murdered and they have an intense conversation - with Fitz talking about how in these situations parental guilt and grief go hand-in-hand. But like I said, this sort of realism is what broke the Baywatch mold. 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.
The acting is impeccably good, and the writing is great. 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. In 'True Romance', while Judith turns to Fitz's brother Danny Clive Russell for support, Penhaligon also needs someone to talk to. She loves to whatch this on tv and only being on 1 day a week. Still sends shivers down my spine watching some of his scenes in this. The music, from a number of talented men, also adds to the mood. Jimmy McGovern once again stuns his audiences with a fantastic insight into the lives of both regular people and those that stray into the realm of criminal behaviour.
The train based killing set-up is based on a real murder that took place on route to London in the early 90's and it's this borrowing from the headlines that gives the series it's sense of reality, often making for uncomfortable viewing. 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. I don't know anything about the third set. The main character, Dr Fitzgerald, a lecturing psychologist who assists the police was originally envisaged by the writer Jimmy McGovern as a small, wiry character. Hate to build it up to others, because I came upon it relatively unbuilt up and it just knocked me out.
It is a fantastic cartoon that teaches manners and good morals to kids. . The series has very good stereo sound; the 1993 shows were among the first to boast Dolby Surround, with the logo prominently displayed in the opening titles. However, it did teach her a number of sentences, kept her focused and taught her a lot about differences and tolerance. Besides that, the overall level is the highest I saw in years. The police believe it to be a racist attack but draw a blank in their investigations into right-wing groups, and so call in Fitz to help with their enquiries.