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WoW I forgot just how good this series was An easy 5 star rating.,
This review is from: Cracker - Complete Collection [DVD] (DVD)
It's quite strange for me to forget the plot of a crime series once I've seen it, but that is exactly what happened on my reintroduction to this quite brilliant series.
Every time I watch a repeat of Touch of Frost, I never forget the outcome or plot however old the episode,but apart from my reintroduction to characters, I was almost watching Cracker for the first time, and for me that is a good thing.
The developing plot between Sgt Beck and DS Penhalligon was handled really well, so well in fact that it became a drawn out really gripping storyline throughout several episodes, with an ending that surprised us all.
There is nothing to fault this series, each episodes are stand alone classics with magnificent extremly powerful plots and acting to match.
I clearly remembered all the characters, especially Coltranes character Fitz, but due to the sublime acting, it was as if I was watching the episodes for the first time, not remembering how each episode began or finished.
Its testimony to a great series that actors as accomplished as Coltrane does not overshadow the rest of the cast.
Each actor, however small or large their role in each episode, brings great meaning to the entire episode, with actors such as Lorcan Cranitch playing his role quite magnificentlty.
I had forgotten Ricky Tomlinson featured as the Detective Inspector, it was a surprise to see him and like the rest of the cast a great piece of acting.
Each episode starts rather slowly but builds up its momentum really well, with Coltranes quite brutal tactics in gaining a confession from the accused in his cross examination techniques superb.
Even though the series only ran for eleven episodes, each episode is memorable in themselves, bringing a different plot each time, but combining the Panhalligon Sgt Beck storyline, as well as Coltranes inability to hold his marriage together through his excessive gambling and drinking.
This disc set has been given an 18 adult certificate for its graphic content and over all nature, but thankfully the graphic nature enhances the realism and plot.
Maybe the picture quality is not that impressive, and there are no extras or background storylines, but one cannot escape the fact that Cracker in all its eleven episodes was drama of the highest quality.
It's such a shame that only eleven episodes were produced because my reintroduction to this superb series has brought back many fond memories of this superb series and this is one disc set I am sure to watch again and again.