Day: March 13, 2017

Cracker – tape 2119

Over to ITV for this tape, and Cracker with the story Best Boys. After a prologue in a factory where a young man is being detrousered by the women on the factory floor in what I presume is some kind of initiation ritual, and they’re stopped by an older male supervisor (both familiar faces) the episode proper starts at a funeral. It took me a little while to work out whose, since the whole Cracker team are there, so it’s one of them, and the name on the flowers is ‘James’ which would mean it’s Lorcan Cranitch’s character Jimmy Beck, who died in the previous story, after a storyline in which he raped Penhaligon, posing as an already active serial rapist, and I think his death might have been some kind of moral redemption for him. If it was, he didn’t deserve it. I never liked him.

There’s an awkward conversation between Fitz and the deceased’s sister, who tells him how much Beck used to talk about him. Awkward, given what Fitz now knows about Beck and his crime against Penhaligon.

We return to the factory, and the young man and his supervisor. The young man is played by John Simm, who looks about 16 here (he’s 25 in fact).

His supervisor is another great actor, Liam Cunningham, who at least looks like a grown-up.

Cunningham finds Simm sleeping in the factory office. He’s been thrown out of his lodgings after missing the curfew, because he stayed behind to do some overtime, so Cunningham feels obliged to offer him somewhere to sleep that night.

In the morning, his rather horrible landlady demands extra rent because he had a visitor, and then gets even more angry when she sees Simm, assuming he must be a rent boy. She’s rather horrible, but doesn’t really deserve it when Simm gets angry and threatens her with one of Cunningham’s woodworking tools. She slaps Cunningham around the face, and shen she tries the same thing to Simm he’s holding a pointy chisel, which stabs her in the arm and produces a lot of blood.

So Simm stabs her again, in the chest, and there’s a nasty scene of her crawling away from them to get to a phone while Simm and Cunningham are frozen in horror at what’s just happened. But Cunningham recovers his composure and finishes her off, dumping her in the cellar.

But it turns out she’s not quite dead, and she starts rattling the door, and her husband returns to the hiouse, opens the door, and she’s so surprised she falls back down the steps, and he falls in after her.

She’s dead now, but the husband is OK. He’s prime suspect, as he’s had a drinking problem and been abusive, but Fitz rules him out. The forensic evidence points to two assailants, one strong, one weaker, so he surmises it’s a man and a woman.

But as they go on, and Simm murders his social worker, they zero in on him, and in part two, they capture Cunningham, and the programme ends with a standoff in a fairground which doesn’t end well for Simm.

There’s a subplot with Fitz’ wife (Barbara Flynn) who is not coping at all with her brand new baby. There’s something very disturbing about a woman screaming at a tiny crying baby.

The third programme here is the first episode in the serial True Romance (we’ve seen the second part recently). A woman is writing Fitz love letters, and kiling students at a college he’s lectured at.

After this, there’s a Labour Party Political Broadcast, and the start of News at Ten, leading with the infamous Panorama interview with Princess Diana. The tape ends during this.

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