Day A Lemming Will Fly (Series 1)
by: Jimmy McGovern
by: Gub Neal
by: Simon Cellan Jones
Screened: 01/11/93 (Part 1), 08/11/93 (Part 2)
"You promised to share my burden" - Cassidy
Judith are back together and attempting to restore their marriage.
This story opens with them leaving the cinema and debating whether
an example of a pure motive (Fitzís obsession) has ever been
captured on screen. Judith argues for Bogart in Casablanca
as having been truly altruistic at the filmís conclusion. Fitz
makes the same case for Jimmy Cagney at the end of Angelís
with Dirty Faces (Fitzís favourite movie). Because of
Judithís affair with Graham, Fitz finds it almost impossible to
share a bed with her.
A 14 year
boy named Tim goes missing and is later found hanging from a tree.
His parents are separated and clearly have great difficulty
turning to each other for emotional support. The pathologistís
report indicates that Tim was murdered first and then hung.
Timís murder causes everyone connected with him to feel like
they are responsible. His brother reacts to these feelings of
guilt by attacking two boys who had been bullying Tim. Soon
afterwards, Timís English teacher, Nigel Cassidy, attempts to
commit suicide. Fitz manages to talk him down from the roof of a
shopping centre. It then emerges that Cassidy might be gay which
prompts Bilborough to arrest him. Bilborough is awaiting the birth
of his first child which is causing him great emotional distress
and means that his mind is not fully focused on the case.
feeling is running high and the police car bringing Cassidy to the
station is attacked. Because of the lack of forensic evidence
linking Cassidy to the murder, Cassidy is released. He is attacked
when he returns to his flat and is taken by Fitz and Beck to a
hotel for his own protection. In the midst of all the professional
problems, Fitz is still flirting with Penhaligon who asks him to
join her on a holiday for two weeks. This presents Fitz with the
conundrum of whether he wants to lose his family and take a chance
on an uncertain relationship that may or may not succeed. Back in
the hotel, Fitz and Beck (between sniping at each other) try to
force a confession out of Cassidy. Fitz promises Cassidy that he
will support him and share the burden of guilt that Cassidy must
be feeling over being responsible for the death of a child.
Cassidy eventually confesses and is taken back to the hotel to be
charged. Bilboroughís wife has just given birth to a baby boy
and he is clearly ecstatic.
goes to visit Cassidy one last time in the cells, Cassidy berates
him for being obsessed with exposing other peopleís lies while
persistently leaving his own falsehoods unexamined. (This
allegation, of course, reveals one of the central paradoxes in the
character of Fitz: He is always willing to accuse other people of
being liars but quite happily remains one himself). Cassidy then
tells Fitz that he did not physically kill Tim but still feels
responsible for his death because he chased Tim away on the night
that he died. Cassidy wants Fitz to be a fellow sufferer of guilt
because, once Cassidy is convicted, the killer will be able to
strike again and Fitz will have allowed this to happen.
Bilborough to let Cassidy go but he refuses. This causes Fitz to
leave the station and vows never to return. Bilborough holds a
press conference and announces that he is charging Cassidy with
murder. Fitz returns home to pack for his holiday with Penhaligon.
He looks out the window and sees his wife and children in the
garden. He then decides that he cannot leave them and goes outside
to join them. Penhaligon leaves a message for him saying that she
thinks he has forgotten their appointment and goes off on her
Guide written by Graham Price
Unofficial Guide To Cracker 1999-2006