Cracker (1993–1996)

Brotherly Love: Part 1 

A married father of four, addicted to kinky sex with prostitutes, kills one when he cannot pay and she threatens to expose him to his wife.


Roy Battersby


Jimmy McGovern




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Coltrane ... Fitz
Rodney Litchfield Rodney Litchfield ... Taxi Driver
Lorcan Cranitch ... Beck
Mark Lambert Mark Lambert ... David Harvey
Ruth Sheen ... Jean McIlvanney
Polly Hemingway ... Denise Fletcher
Sharon Percy ... Joyce Watkins
Gemma Peacock Wood Gemma Peacock Wood ... Jean's Daughter
Geraldine Somerville ... Penhaligon
Ron Donachie ... Barney
Dan Armour Dan Armour ... Man at Cashpoint
Claire Stephanie Hardacre Claire Stephanie Hardacre ... Joan Harvey
Leanne Molloy Leanne Molloy ... Theresa Harvey
Andrew Whyment ... Matthew Harvey
Andrew Knott ... Joe Harvey


After having sex with a prostitute, David Harvey kills her when he finds he is unable to pay and she threatens to tell his wife. The case becomes complicated however when a second prostitute is killed and the forensic evidence indicates that it was the same killer. Only problem is that Harvey was in custody at the time of the second killing. Fitz is convinced that Harvey killed the first woman and that an accomplice did the second to cast doubt on his guilt. DS Jimmy Beck returns to work after four months sick leave, still haunted by his role in DI Bilborough's death and continuing to deny that he raped Jane Penhaligon. Fitz's mother dies and he has to deal with the guilt of being a less than attentive son. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

22 October 1995 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Calder (Father Michael Harvey) would later go on to star again with Robbie Coltrane in the Bond film "The World Is Not Enough" (1999). See more »


[while sleeping with Denise Fletcher]
DS Jimmy Beck: "This is evidence. This is a dying man's statement." He knew he was dying, and he still did the job. And that makes my mistake worse, you know? I mean, if it'd led to the death of a man who was no better or worse than me, that'd be bad enough, but... to know that he was ten times the man I'll ever be...
[notices Denise, totally uninterested, has fallen asleep]
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »


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