He’s overweight, overbearing, smokes like a chimney, drinks like a fish. He’s arrogant, foul-mouthed and sarcastic, yet at the same time brilliant. And when it comes to making a suspect crack, you can’t do better than Fitz.
Dr. Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald is a forensic psychologist who consults with the Manchester police department, though not always with open arms. Fitz does help close cases. He’s sometimes aggressive when he’s interrogating suspects, but he gets them to tell the truth, to crack. The problem with Fitz is, though he may be good at his job, he’s terrible at his personal life. His excessive drinking and addiction to gambling puts a strain on his marriage. He has a fling with a colleague and difficulties with his only brother.
Each case plays out over the course of two or three episodes. They involve cases of murder, rape and kidnapping. Fitz has the gift of being able to get into the head of the criminal psychopaths, find out their motives to crack the suspect and the case.
Robbie Coltrane, who is probably better known as a comedian, or as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, is great as Fitz. Even though this is a drama, Coltrane brings his Scottish humor to his character. He also won three consecutive BAFTA awards for his role as Fitz.
Several actors of note appear as main characters in the series: Christopher Eccleston, many years before he ever thought he’d be cast as the 9th Dr. Who; and Ricky Tomlinson, who I’ve only seen in the comedy, The Royle Family. Guest stars include Jim Carter (Carson on Downton Abbey), James Fleet (Hugo on The Vicar of Dibley), Samantha Morton and the fabulous film actor Robert Carlyle.
Robbie Coltrane – Dr. Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald
Christopher Eccleston – David Bilborough
Ricky Tomlinson – Charlie Wise
Geraldine Somerville – Jane Penhaligon
Lorcan Cranitch – Jimmy Beck
Barbara Flynn – Judith Fitzgerald
Kieran O’Brien – Mark Fitzgerald
Tess Thomson – Katie Fitzgerald
Ian Mercer – George Giggs
Total Seasons: 3 seasons (23 episodes and two specials)
Seasons Available on US Formatted DVD: All
In Production: 1993 – 1996, 2006
Viewer Discretion: violence, language, adult situations, nudity