Cracker (1993–1996)

The Big Crunch: Part 1 

A charismatic cult preacher finds that he has impregnated one of his 16 year old students and must silence her to protect his position.


Julian Jarrold


Ted Whitehead, Jimmy McGovern (creator)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carter ... Kenneth Trant
Samantha Morton ... Joanne Barnes
Cherith Mellor Cherith Mellor ... Norma Trant
Robbie Coltrane ... Fitz
Barbara Flynn ... Judith
Maureen O'Brien ... Virginia Trant
James Fleet ... Michael Trant
Darren Tighe Darren Tighe ... Dean Saunders
Samia Longchambon ... Rosie (as Samia Ghadie)
Doc O'Brien Doc O'Brien ... Bus Driver
Geraldine Somerville ... Penhaligon
Colin Tierney ... Harriman
Lorcan Cranitch ... Jimmy Beck
Ricky Tomlinson ... Wise
Roger Sloman ... Mr Barnes


Kenneth Trant is from all appearances a well-respected member of the community. He is the Headmaster of a local school and is leader of his own church, The Fellowship of Souls. That is until his sister-in-law sees him making love to a 17-year old member of the congregation. She tells his wife what is going on and has photographs to prove it but the situation takes an altogether different complexion when the girl, Joanne Barnes, reveals that she is pregnant. At this point, Kenneth, his brother Michael and their wives, devise a complex plot to eliminate the girl and throw the blame on Dean Saunders, a developmentally challenged employee who works at the family's recycling plant. The police think they have their man in Saunders but Fitz doesn't buy it and sets about identifying the true killers. On the personal side, Fitz's wife Judith has put their house up for sale and his relationship with DS Penhaligon goes a step further. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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31 October 1994 (UK) See more »

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[Mark walks in on Fitz and a naked Penhaligon in Fitz's bedroom]
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: We never did have that little chat, did we?
[Mark throws a paper at Fitz and storms into a bathroom. Fitz follows him]
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: Look, I'm sorry.
Mark Fitzgerald: Does Mum know?
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: No, not yet. Your mother left me, if you don't remember.
Mark Fitzgerald: Eh? No, she didn't! She didn't leave! You drove her away 'cuz you're... cuz you're a dickhead!
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: Well, that's a fair summary of the facts, probably.
Mark Fitzgerald: And I'm older than her!
Dr. Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald: Hardly! What do you expect me to do? Spend the rest of my...
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Crazy Credits

Cherith Mellor's character was listed in the credits as Norman Trant rather than Norma Trant. See more »


References Starsky and Hutch (1975) See more »

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