RETURN OF Cracker
hasn't mellowed at all. He's still mad, bad and dangerous to
know" - Robbie Coltrane
UK RELEASE FOR CRACKER 'NINE ELEVEN' DVD (Posted
now aired on TV in the UK, Cracker
'Nine Eleven' has been released on DVD in Region 2 format
and is available to buy through all good retailers. The DVD also
contains the 'Behind The Scenes' special that aired on ITV3. A 'Cracker
Complete Box Set' is also due to for release on October 16th,
and will include all 11 Cracker stories.
US AIR DATE MONDAY OCTOBER 30TH 2006 (Posted
has now been confirmed that the new special is due to air on BBC
America on Monday 30th October 2006 and will be re-titled
"Cracker: A New Terror".
CRACKER's RETURN WATCHED BY 8.1M VIEWERS (Posted
first new Cracker for a decade was a UK ratings winner for ITV1 on
October 1st, with the feature-length episode pulling in 8.1 million
viewers. For more info click HERE
'BEHIND THE SCENES' SPECIAL TO FOLLOW NEW CRACKER (Posted
viewers will be pleased to know that the new Cracker special, airing
on ITV1 on Sunday 1st October at 9.00pm, will be followed directly
by a 'Behind The Scenes' special on ITV3, from 11.05pm to 12.05am
(many thanks to Ben for the info).
ROBBIE COLTRANE IN 'SOUTH BANK SHOW' INTERVIEW (Posted
coincide with the return of Cracker to UK television screens in
Robbie Coltrane will be the focus of "The South Bank
Show" next Sunday (24th September) on ITV1 from 11.10pm to 12.10am. Coltrane
talks to Melvyn Bragg about his career and his return as Fitz, and
contributors include John Byrne, Emma Thompson, Jimmy McGovern, John
Sessions and JK Rowling. For
more information and a possible podcast download of the interview click HERE.
UK AIR DATE NOW SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2006 (Posted
to an article
in the Daily Mirror newspaper today, the new scheduled UK air date
for the Cracker special will be Sunday 1st October 2006. This has
also been confirmed by ITV.
GERMAN AIR DATE - SUNDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2006 (Posted
'Nine Eleven' will be broadcast in Germany on the German non-Pay-TV
station "ZDF" on Sunday September 10th 2006 at 22:00 GMT+1.
AUSTRALIAN AIR DATE - FRIDAY 18TH AUGUST 2006 (Posted
new special is set to air on Australia's Channel 7 on Friday 18th
> UK AIR
DATE - SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2006? (Posted
to a national newspaper report on Monday, the new special is
apparently set to finally air on Sunday 15th October 2006 on ITV1 (Thanks to
Ben for the info). Edit: ITV have since confirmed that it's definitely scheduled to air in October, but the date
of the 15th may be
subject to change.
COLTRANE & MCGOVERN PROMOTE NEW CRACKER IN USA (Posted
Coltrane & Jimmy McGovern attended the 2006 Summer Television
Critics Association Press Tour in America last week to promote the
new special which is being called 'Cracker: A New Terror' in the US.
According to an article posted on JAM
Showbiz, it is due to air on BBC America on October 30th
2006 and early 2007 on BBC Canada. You can view some images from the
DVD DUE FOR RELEASE IN OCTOBER (Posted
new special will be available to buy
on DVD on October 16th 2006 (region 2 format), a short while after
it's scheduled screening in the UK. Special features on the DVD will
include 'Behind The Scenes' footage and a commentary by Jimmy
McGovern. It will also be included on a new box-set being released
which will feature all 11 Cracker stories, released on the same
TRAILER NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE! (Posted
finally get to see the first glimpses of Fitz 10 years on courtesy
of a 2½ minute trailer now available on-line at the Granada website - click HERE
to view! (Windows Media
EARLY REPORTS On 'NINE ELEVEN' (Posted
of the 'Manchester Online Film & TV News' Section:
Coltrane rocks in the first new Cracker film for 10 years. Preview
clips of Fitz's return to Manchester reveal a sharp-edged updated
look to the production and a story which promises to cause plenty of
controversy. The two-hour ITV1 feature-length special, due to be
shown in the autumn, has a score by New Order and links images of
the modern post-IRA bomb Manchester to the war in Iraq. "Robbie
absolutely loves this film," reveals ITV chief Andy Harries.
"He just couldn't believe how good it was - it's moved on a
bit. It's fabulous."
AUTUMN SCREENING FOR CRACKER ON ITV1 (Posted
indications are that 'Nine Eleven' will now most definitely be part
of ITV1's Autumn schedule and will probably hit UK screens around
NEW ORDER MEMBERS TO PEN SOUNDTRACK (Posted
Stephen Morris and his wife, keyboard and guitar player Gillian of
Manchester band New Order will be writing the soundtrack for the new
one-off special. "I was a fan when Cracker was last on TV so
it's great to be doing the music for the new series," Stephen
says "The writer Jimmy McGovern asked us to do it. It also
means we'll be two of the first people to see it". You can read
the full article at 'ManchesterOnline' HERE.
IMDB CAST UPDATED - nO PENHALIGON (Posted
Internet Movie Database has finally added a new page for the
although it makes confusing reading with regards to Geraldine
Somerville's inclusion in the project. Despite earlier reports, and
Jimmy McGovern's interview with IC
Liverpool in which he confirmed that Penhaligon would
re-appear, she's not listed. So very sadly, I can only presume that
this means for whatever reason she isn't in it now. Another actress,
Stefanie Wilmore, looks to have taken on the role of Katy Fitzgerald
ROBBIE COLTRANE SPEAKS ABOUT FITZ'S RETURN (Posted
Coltrane has been speaking to 'ManchesterOnline' on the set of the
new Cracker about Fitz's imminent return - click HERE
for the full article
New episode titled 'Nine eleven' (Posted
to a new article posted on the 'ManchesterOnline'
website, the new episode will be
titled 'Nine Eleven' and the crime story will centre around an ex-soldier
haunted by his tours of duty in Northern Ireland. Interestingly as
well, it reveals that the new episode will see
Fitz returning to Manchester after having spent nearly a
decade living in Australia with wife Judith and son, James. The full article
is available to read HERE.
Actor Richard Coyle playing Fitz's new boss
details have now begun to emerge about the new one-off special which
has just started filming in Manchester, with 'MediaGuardian'
reporting that former 'Coupling' actor Richard Coyle is playing Fitz's new boss, DI Walters.
McGovern speaks about the new Cracker (Posted
Jimmy McGovern has spoken to 'ICLiverpool' about the long and eagerly awaited
return of Cracker in 2006. In the interview Jimmy drops a slight hint
with regards to the crime story, comments on how "it's
interesting to go back to Fitz to see how much he's changed" and further confirms the return of Judith and
Filming of the one-off special is set to begin in November and is
likely to hit UK screens early next year. To
read the full article click HERE
Cracker definitely returning in 2006 (Posted
thanks to Jimmy McGovern, I can happily confirm that Cracker is now
most certainly on it's way back to our TV screens after a
lengthy nine year break. The new one-off special, which has been written by McGovern, is now currently in
pre-production and is set to be directed by Antonia Bird
(who previously directed McGovern's film 'Priest'). It is
due to be screened on ITV in 2006, and along with Fitz
we can also expect to see the return of Penhaligon, Judith,
Mark and Katy.
to finally return?
has been a long time since Cracker last graced our TV
screens with the 'White Ghost' special but now FINALLY it really
looks like it's
on it's way back! Previously Robbie Coltrane stated that he
would only be willing to return to the role of Fitz provided the
script was written by the show's original creator, Jimmy McGovern. McGovern has always claimed he would never write another
one, but very recently has since gone back on this after claiming he
had an idea for a new story. In a interview posted on the
McGovern said in an article titled "If
The Face Fitz":
could be a new Cracker. It would depend on Robbie's availability,
but I have found an interesting story - a modern, post 9/11 story.
If it happens, it would be a one-off, two-hour special - and very
different from previous Cracker stories. Robbie has said he'd do
another one if I wrote it, but I kept saying I had nothing I wanted
to write about. Robbie plays Hagrid in the Harry Potter films and is
a much in-demand actor, but I think he'll say yes - schedule
ITV have confirmed that Robbie Coltrane has agreed to play Fitz
again and that Jimmy McGovern is writing the script and if the one off special is a success then there might even
be a new series. ITV head of drama Nick Elliott has said that the
plot is still under wraps, but added: "We're thrilled that
Robbie has agreed to play Cracker again, and that Jimmy is writing
the script. When we brought back Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren
last year the audience loved it and I'm certain viewers will be just
as excited about this!".
News Article - Robbie Coltrane Back As Cracker (April 2005)
Mirror Article - "Cracker Back"
Unofficial Guide To Cracker 1999-2006