Original Release: October 10, 1994 (UK)
Directed by: Tim Fywell
Written by: Jimmy McGovern
Distributed by: ITV network
Running Time: 50 minutes
Cracker is a British crime drama series produced by Granada Television for ITV, created and principally written by Jimmy McGovern. Set in Manchester, the series is centred on a criminal psychologist (or "cracker"), Dr Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald, played by Robbie Coltrane, who works with the Greater Manchester Police to help them solve crimes.
Robert Carlyle appeared in three episodes, "To Be a Somebody" part 1-3 and he stars as Albie Kinsella, an angry working class man who goes down the wrong path. Robert was praised for his acting and made a name for himself and he won and was nominated for awards.
Tracy Gillman (Jill), Gemma Phoenix (Ruth), Robbie Coltrane (Fitz), Dave Bond (Factory Supervisor), Martin Pearson (Factory Worker), Badi Uzzaman (Shahid Ali), Kieran O'Brien (Mark), Barbara Flynn (Judith), Christopher Eccleston (Bilborough), Geraldine Somerville (Penhaligon), Lorcan Cranitch (Beck), Shango Baku (Gregson), Wil Johnson (Skelton), Colin Tierney (Harriman), Paul Copley (Pathologist), Kim Vithana (Razia Ali), Elaine Heywood (Mrs Ali), Tony Barton (Builder), Mike Kelly (Peter Lloyd), Marc Seymour (3rd Skinhead), Beth Goddard (Clare Moody), Rebecca Clay (Counter Clerk), John Capps (1st Skinhead), Ken Christiansen (2nd Skinhead), Tess Thomson (Katie), John Pickles (Neighbour), Peter Clifford (Doctor), Rosa Roberts (Householder), Glyn Grain (Professor Nolan), Trisha Hitchcock (Mrs Nolan)
BAFTA Scotland Award - Best Actor - TV - Robert Carlyle
CableACE Awards - Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries - For three-part episode "To Be a Somebody" - Robert Carlyle