LOVE (SERIES 3)
by: Jimmy McGovern
by: Hilary Bevan Jones
by: Roy Battersby
Screened: 22/10/95 (Part 1), 23/10/95 (Part 2), 29/10/95 (Part 3)
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has been four months since the events of ‘Men Should Weep’.
Fitz is going to see Beck in a mental hospital where he has been
recovering from “emotional problems”. Fitz tries to get Beck
to admit that he raped Penhaligon but Beck continues to deny his
involvement in her assault. All he will say is that he did not
need to rape her because: “I screwed her. I got sick of screwing
her”. When Beck tells Fitz to give Penhaligon his love, Fitz
head butts him and leaves.
Fitz goes to see Penhaligon to tell her that he had no luck in
persuading Beck to confess. Penhaligon’s first appearance in
this season highlights the effect that the rape has had on her.
The first part of her that we see is her hand as she unlocks the
various bolts on her front door (demonstrating how nervous she has
been following her attack). When we see her face it is
considerably colder and harder than it was when she was going out
with Fitz. Her hair is also tied back which makes her less overtly
attractive. (Geraldine Somerville has done an exceptional job of
insinuating the various changes that Penhaligon has gone through
throughout the Cracker series through the use of mainly non-spoken acting).
gingerly asks Penhaligon if she and Beck have ever slept
together. She refuses to dignify the question with an answer and
slams the door in his face. When Fitz gets home, more trauma
awaits him as his brother Danny is there and tells Fitz that there
mother is dead.
Meanwhile, David Harvey, a married
father, picks up prostitute Jean McIlvanney and goes back to her
house. Before having sex with Jean, David makes her sing “How
much is that Doggy in the Window” by Shirley Temple. We later
learn that David is a devout Catholic and is turned on by
innocence and virginity. (This Cracker
story is one of several that associates Catholicism with violence.
Jimmy McGovern was raised as a devout Catholic which explains the
theme of Catholicism that runs through all the stories that he
wrote for Cracker).
David does not have the money to pay
Jean because his wife has taken it out of his wallet. He goes back
to his house, leaves Jean in the car and goes in to see if his
wife has any of the money left. He runs back out again when he
sees Jean coming towards the door. When he gets her back into the
car he flies into a rage because she was about to enter his home,
he stops the car and proceeds to beat her to death with a chisel.
After killing her, he inserts the chisel between her legs. In
return for David telling his wife everything and agreeing to look
after Jean’s children, his brother Michael (who is a priest)
agrees to help him avoid detection.
Eye witness evidence eventually lead the police to David who is
arrested and picked out of a line-up by one of Jean’s friends.
Fitz begins to interrogate him but David refuses to admit that he
is guilty of murder.
another prostitute is murdered and forensic evidence suggests that
it was the same person who killed Jean McIlvanney, the police
begin to have doubts about whether they have the right man in
custody. Fitz begins to suspect David’s brother of trying to get
David out of prison by killing women in the same way. Michael is
doing Fitz’s mother’s funeral which gives him the opportunity
to interrogate Michael. Beck has returned to work and Penhaligon
attempts to make him confess to raping her by recoding one of
their conversations. He sees threw this plan however and throws
the tape recorder away.
Fitz gives an extremely beautiful
and emotional talk at his mother’s funeral. During the wake,
Danny and Fitz reach a tearful (albeit temporary) reconciliation.
While driving back from the service, Judith goes into labour and
is rushed to hospital. Coincidently, Fitz is in the same hospital
because he drunkenly provoked someone into hitting him with a
mobile phone. During the labour, Fitz promises Judith that he will
never gamble again.
prostitute is murdered while David is in prison and added pressure
is put on Wise to release him. Fitz tries again to force a
confession out of David by reminding him what it would be like to
sleep with someone who you regard as being a virgin (which is what
David had convinced himself that Jean was) and then slaughter her:
thus being the first and last man to have sex with that woman.
David is on the verge of confessing but pulls back at the last
Penhaligon and another female
officer dress up as prostitutes to try and get information from
the street girls and their clients. Fitz meets Beck in a pub to
tries again to make him admit that he raped Penhaligon. Beck
begins to hyperventilate and under the extreme emotional stress
blurts out a confession of guilt. A combination of misogyny and
the excitement of having power over another had driven Beck to
rape Penhaligon. Because Fitz had sworn not to tell anyone else
about Beck’s confession, he is unable to confide this
information to Penhaligon.
eventually works out that David’s wife Maggie is the other
killer and the police arrest her just before she killed another
prostitute. Maggie tells the police and Fitz that she had had an
abortion year ago because there was not enough money to provide
for a fifth child. When she found out that “filthy pox ridden
prostitutes” had been taking the money that could have gone to
her dead baby, she was so enraged that she began murdering them,
getting her husband out of prison was just an ancillary benefit.
Unfortunately for Wise and his colleagues, Maggie confesses to the
murder of Jean McIlvanney as well so David has to be released. In
Maggie’s view, one of them has to look after the children and it
could not be her so since she was caught in the act. By
confessing, at least her children would have one parent.
Beck, driven by anger and guilt,
decides that he must dispense justice upon himself and David
Harvey. He kidnaps David and contacts Wise to tell him that David
Harvey and he are going to jump off the top of the Ramada
hotel.(His last words to Wise are: “You are not fit to lick
Bilborough’s boots never mind fill them, you scruffy scouse
Fitz and Penhaligon arrive at the
top of the hotel just in time for Beck to make a sincere apology
to Penhaligon. He then jumps off the roof and takes David Harvey
with him. The story ends with Penhaligon lying in Fitz’s arms
and sobbing uncontrollably in a moment of emotional release that
Beck’s confession has granted her.
Guide written by Graham Price
Unofficial Guide To Cracker 1999-2006