Cracker is a British crime-television series produced by Granada Television for ITV and created and principally written by Jimmy McGovern. The series was about a criminal psychologist (or cracker), Eddie FitzFitzgerald, played by Robbie Coltrane. Included in Manchester, the series consisted of three series, which ran from 1993 to 1995. A 100-minute special followed in 1996 in Hong Kong and a further two-hour episode in 2006.
In addition to Coltrane, played Christopher Eccleston as Detective Chief Inspector David Bilborough, Geraldine Somerville as Detective Sergeant Jane "Panhandle" Penhaligon, Lorcan Cranitch as DS Jimmy Beck, Barbara Flynn as Fitz wife Judith and Kieran O'Brien as his teenage son Mark.
The series is primarily filmed in South Manchester, Didsbury (where Fitz lived) at places like and the police station at Longsight. The Interior of the police station was filmed in the old Daily Mirror-Office in the Centre of Manchester, now The Printworks retail. Other Manchester locations included Victoria Station, St Peter's Square, the Arndale Centre, University of Salford, the Ramada Hotel and the Morrisons supermarket in Chorlton-cum-Hardy.