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Dr Edward "Fitz" Fitzgerald is a criminal psychologist. He is rather anti-social and obnoxious but he has a gift for solving crimes. Thus he is employed as a consultant by the Manchester Police.

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Jimmy McGovern
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Robbie Coltrane ...  Fitz 24 episodes, 1993-1996
Geraldine Somerville ...  Penhaligon / ... 23 episodes, 1993-1995
Kieran O'Brien ...  Mark / ... 21 episodes, 1993-1995
Barbara Flynn ...  Judith / ... 20 episodes, 1993-1995
Lorcan Cranitch ...  Beck / ... 20 episodes, 1993-1995
Ricky Tomlinson ...  Wise 15 episodes, 1994-1996
Tess Thomson Tess Thomson ...  Katie / ... 12 episodes, 1993-1995
Christopher Eccleston ...  D.C.I. Bilborough / ... 10 episodes, 1993-1994
Wil Johnson ...  Skelton 10 episodes, 1994-1995
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Storyline

This mystery series from the U.K. outlines the adventures of a psychologist employed by the police to aid them in profiling and questioning suspects. "Fitz" (Robbie Coltrane), an avowed drunkard and gambler, has an uncanny knack for boring directly into the hearts and minds of his subjects, many of whom may in fact be saner than he is... Written by Aaron Finkelstein <afink@ix.netcom.com>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1993 (UK) See more »

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Dr Fitz See more »

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Runtime:

(1 Episode) | (23 Episodes)

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Robbie Coltrane was primarily known as a comedic actor before the series. He was cast based on his performance in Alive and Kicking (1993). See more »

Quotes

[to a waiter at a restaurant where Judith and Graham are on a date]
Fitz: It's really very sad - see, I'm a psychologist, and she's one of my patients.
Judith: I'm NOT your patient, Fitz! I'm your wife!
Fitz: Oh yeah! Hi there - didn't recognize you without your straight jacket!
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Alternate Versions

All the stories were originally shown on ITV in several parts, each of one hour (including commercials). However they were later released on DVD as a single episode per story, with a combined cast list rather than the one from the end-credit sequence of any of the transmitted parts of the story. See more »

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Soundtracks

Stormy Weather
Written by Harold Arlen (uncredited) and lyrics by Ted Koehler (uncredited)
Sung by Carol Kidd
Music Composed by Julian Wastall
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The finest drama series ever created
18 July 2003 | by AshlesSee all my reviews

I cannot recommend this highly enough. A fiercely intelligent, disturbing, powerful, funny masterwork by a writer and cast at their peak. 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. Then some genius decided on one of the greatest pieces of stunt casting ever and suggested the massive actor Robbie Coltrane who was better known for comedy (appearing in Blackadder as Doctor Johnson, and the Young Ones, amongst many other appearance, both in TV and film).

He nailed the character totally. A chain smoking, gambling, alcoholic, 'Fitz' can talk to someone for 30 seconds and know what drives them, but he can't control his own domestic life. Nor does he ever seem totally to want to. "You don't want to be helped" says his wife "Because only normal people need help. And you think you're special, unique".

His gift of analysing people makes him almost despicable arrogant, yet we are always on his side. He is charming, extremely sarcastic and amusing, and always up for a trip to the pub. But the challenge of analysing the criminally insane gives him wings to stretch himself in ways everyday life can't.

I won't give away any of the plots, but each one would make a fantastic film on its own. However that would diminish the power of the story arc that runs throughout - and that pushes the series up to a perfect 10/10. Harrowing, touching, powerful - when will TV companies make something this good again.

(NB if you can only watch one episode watch 'To be a somebody' - an excellent encapsulation of all the programme's best qualities)


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