Cracker – tape 1587

First on this tape, Cracker and The Mad Woman in the Attic. It’s directed by Michael Winterbottom.

It’s the very first episode, and it was broadcast on my birthday, 27th September 1993.

There’s a potential serial killer, who’s killed on a train. Adrian Dunbar is found near the tracks, but claims amnesia. Christopher Eccleston, as DI Bilborough, thinks he’s feigning it.

Christopher Eccleston in Cracker

The story establishes Fitz’s gambling, and establishes his relationship with Penhaligon – she trusts him when Bilborough takes him off the case.

After these two episodes, there’s To Say I Love You. A young man with an unfortunate haircut meets a girl who’s way out of his league, but she likes his awful karaoke singing, so they hook up. Sean Kerrigan is played by Andrew Tierney, Tina by Susan Lynch.

Bad Hair Day

Barbara Flynn, Fitz’s wife, is seeing a therapist, David Haig.

David Hague

Fitz’s mother is played by Beryl Reid

Beryl Reid

The two lovers start a bit of a murder spree, first with a local thug to whom she owed money, then a policeman who interviewed her about the case.

But because Fitz has gone public with his profile of them, they decide that he’s their next target. In the meantime, Fitz and Bilborough identify Sean as the man in the case. But Tina tries to seduce Fitz in the pub, posing as a student. It’s played as if Fitz might be falling for the seduction, but there are clues in the dialogue which tell us he’s onto her – he references the film Badlands – having seen the poster in her flat. Then, when he’s reeled her in enough, Penhaligon turns up to arrest her. But Sean sees the arrest, and gets away, setting up part three.

Which isn’t on this tape, unfortunately. The tape ends just after this episode.

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