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->''"I drink too much, I smoke too much, I gamble too much. I ''am'' too much."''
-->--Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald

This British CrimeAndPunishmentSeries was originally broadcast in the "Television Serial" format (also used for, e.g., ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' before 1996). The main character, Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald, played by Robbie Coltrane, was a psychologist who did profiling for the Manchester police force. Of course, he usually ended up confronting the criminal and solving the crime pretty much solo (though a few times he makes the situation a whole lot worse). Fitz was an AntiHero back in the days when an AntiHero made a risky and unusual TV show lead: aside from his grouchy, misanthropic demeanour, he was [[DefectiveDetective massively overweight and addicted to alcohol, tobacco and gambling]]. In his spare time, he also enjoyed a bit of {{UST}} with his [[TheWatson sidekick]], Jane "Panhandle" Penhaligon.

The main point of the show probably wasn't the police investigations, but the often quite disturbing conversations between Fitz and the suspects. ("You're the one who needs the psychologist," says the suspect in episode 1.) The show was critically praised in the UK for its psychological complexity, especially in the title character, the superb performance of Robbie Coltrane in the lead role, and its tackling of difficult and controversial subject matter. On the other hand, the show's [[WriterOnBoard handling]] of the latter has occasionally been criticised as veering towards the {{Anvilicious}}.

To date, there have been 10 stories, originally transmitted as two or three episodes each. There is considerable continuity from one story to the next (unusual in TelevisionSerial format shows) and watching them out of sequence would be inadvisable. An 11th, stand-alone episode was aired in 2006.

There was a [[TransAtlanticEquivalent U.S. remake]] in which the main character was fairly slender, drank moderate amounts of wine and lived in a spacious, airy apartment.

[[IThoughtThatWas Not to be confused]] with TheCracker, who is a computer criminal or the [[BritishComics British Comic]] Cracker.
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!!Provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Several of the criminals are victims of these
* AntiHero: Fitz and Beck could also count at first
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:DCI Bilborough and DS James Beck]]
* ArmouredClosetGay: Stuart Grady in ''Best Boys''.
* AssholeVictim: Several including a loan shark, a homophobe and a ruthless journalist
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler: Floyd Malcolm attempts to rape Judith]]
* AwfulWeddedLife: Abounds, given the genre. Fitz and Judith are the most obvious example. Also, the Franklins from ''Best Boys'', so much so that DCI Wise initially thinks Mr Franklin is the murderer. Speaking of which, Wise's own marriage is not exactly a bed of roses, though he seems to be happier than his wife. Averted by Bilborough, who is HappilyMarried.
* AuthorTract: There's some political elements, like the deranged, homeless Falklands veteran, and much MargaretThatcher-bashing, read with a certain easy authenticity by "Red Robbie" Coltrane. Fitz's occasional invective against religion comes off this way, too.
* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible
* BerserkButton: Bilborough and his family, as tragically evinced in ''To Be a Somebody'', but children in general seem a sore point. In ''One Day a Lemming Will Fly'', even Beck thinks Bilborough goes too far browbeating a witness who didn't come forward sooner.
* BurnBabyBurn: Jane Penhaligon burns her clothes after she's been raped, causing Fitz (who's unaware of the reason) to quip that burning a bra is "a bit too [[TheSixties Sixties]]."
* ByronicHero: And ''how''!
* CaptainObvious. Penhaligon storms out of her superior's office after being turned down for a promotion, and when Fitz greets her as 'Panhandle' screams "IT'S PENHALIGON YOU FAT, STUPID BASTARD!" Expert psychologist that he is, Fitz concludes that she is upset.
* ClickHello: [[spoiler: When Panhandle breaks into Beck's house and waits for him.]]
* CrazyJealousGuy: Sean Kerrigan over his girlfriend Tina.
* CrimeReconstruction: In ''Men Should Weep''
* DarkAndTroubledPast: All the guilty suspects have one of these. Actually, most of the innocent ones do too, and so do the police officers. Fitz' speciality is finding out about them.
* DeadpanSnarker: Fitz and Wise most frequently. Penhaligon too, on occasion.
* DefectiveDetective: ''And how!''. Fitz, an overweight chain-smoking alcoholic adulterer with a gambling addiction.
-->'''Fitz''': I drink too much, I smoke too much, I gamble too much. I ''am'' too much.
** The actual detectives aren't necessarily that psychologically well-adjusted either.
* DirtyHarriet: Penhaligon in ''Brotherly Love''
* DrivenToSuicide:
** ''One Day A Lemming Will Fly'': The prime suspect seemingly tries to kill himself due to anguish over the victim's death (though Fitz implies that it was actually a cry for help).
** ''Brotherly Love'': [[spoiler:DS Jimmy Beck. He throws himself off a tall building after being overwhelmed by self-loathing from DCI Bilborough's death and his raping of DS Penhaligon.]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Whenever Fitz pulls one of his JerkAss stunts on Panhandle, she likes to get back at him by driving extremely fast, while enjoying the expression on Fitz's face instead of looking at the road.
** Also, Judith: "I ''like'' doing 60!"
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two serials are straightforward whodunnit stories, with little focus on the character interactions and social commentary that became the show's hallmark. Besides Fitz, the cast are fairly one-dimensional, and the plots pretty conventional. ''One Day a Lemming Will Fly'' marked [[WhamEpisode the show's point of departure]].
* FaithHeelTurn: [[spoiler: ''The Big Crunch''. Fitz believes the leader of the Christian sect lost his faith and became angry at the meaninglessness of the universe.]]
* FalseConfession: [[spoiler: Cassidy in ''One Day A Lemming Will Fly'']]
* FamedInStory: Fitz has his own radio show, and it is known publicly that he helps the police with murder investigations. In one episode the Chief Super tells Fitz they mainly keep him around for good publicity.
* FoodSlap: Fitz finally convinces Penhaligon to go out with him, [[OperationJealousy only to take her to the same restaurant his estranged wife has taken her date in order to show her up]]. While the two are arguing, Penhaligon can be heard asking the waiter for a jug of water, which she calmly pours over Fitz's head before walking out.
-->'''Fitz:''' (dripping wet) Anglo-Saxon foreplay.
* FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps: Set in Manchester with very strong local flavour.
* ForensicDrama
* FosterKid: Bill Nash in ''Best Boys''.
* FreudianExcuse: Deconstructed. Most of the murderers are very damaged and shown some sympathy by Fitz but he also makes it clear to them that they are still responsible for their crimes.
* {{Gayngst}}: One of the major themes of ''Best Boys''.
* GeniusSlob: Fitz
* GoodCopBadCop: Played with and straight, depending on the circumstances. Fitz often performs both roles himself.
* HannibalLecture: Played straight, by the suspects, and then immediately subverted as Fitz does his thing and zones in on the ''why''.
* HoneyTrap: Tina from ''To Say I Love You'' and Janice from ''True Romance'' both use this trope to ensnare their victims.
* HypocriticalHumor: ''One Day A Lemming Will Fly'' has a pompous coroner who upbraids Bilborough for supposed lack of professionalism... while dressed as Napoleon for a society ball. Neither Bilborough nor his colleagues are impressed:
-->'''Coroner''': He's been dead about 72 hours.
-->'''Bilborough''': Thank you.
-->'''Coroner''': [scoffing] And you're a DCI?
-->'''Bilborough''': [coldly polite] I knew it was a murder; I just wanted it confirmed and you've confirmed it. Thank you. *{{beat}}* You can get along to your party now.
* IndirectKiss: Fitz is briefing the detectives, one of whom makes an ignorant comment in his area of expertise. Fitz immediately jumps down the man's throat for this; but a few seconds before that same detective had passed a drink to Fitz's love interest DS Penhaligon, who drank from the bottle without wiping it first -- just the kind of minor detail Fitz would notice.
* InsufferableGenius: Fitz is considered to be a complete bastard by his workmates at the Manchester Police, and has zero respect among his academic peers. But he is also very, very, ''very'' good at profiling.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Averted. DCI Bilborough specifically tells a suspect that no-one is going to touch her in case it jeopardises her being sent to prison. DS Beck is bawled out by DCI Wise when he beats a suspect.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Fitz.
* JerkAssWoobie: Most of the murderers, some of the {{Asshole Victim}}s, Jimmy Beck and, arguably, Fitz himself
* KavorkaMan: Fitz.
** The sect leader/headmaster in ''The Big Crunch''. [[spoiler: It turns out that his cult is based on women and girls who are attracted to him.]]
* KickTheDog: Absolutely everyone at various points. Judith gets in an especially nasty one on Panhandle in ''True Romance''.
* KickTheMoralityPet: Fitz, not infrequently. Considering how hard he kicks, it's kind of an issue.
* KinkyCuffs: DCI Wise walks in on Fitz feeling up Penhaligon's legs while she's wearing her own handcuffs.
* LeftHanging: In the episode "One Day A Lemming Will Fly", [[spoiler: Fitz actually spends the entire episode pursuing the wrong man for the murder of a child. The episode's entire resolution hinges on the fact that the child's killer will never be known -- at least, unless he strikes again... Probably deliberate to show that, no matter how brilliant Fitz is, he can still be dead wrong]].
* MadnessMantra: In ''To Be a Somebody'', ''"L-I-V, E-R-P, Double-O L, Liverpool FC."''. For non-Brits, this is a traditional chant of supporters of the Liverpool football (soccer) team.
** ''The Big Crunch'': "All flesh is grass. All flesh is grass."
** ''The Madwoman in the Attic'': Fitz proposes that the murderer was hearing "Kill the bitch. Kill the bitch." repeatedly to the sound of the train. When the real murderer is shown later on a train, he's repeating various phrases ("I'm too tired. I'm too tired. I'm too tired.") while staring at his intended victim.
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: David Harvey in ''Brotherly Love'' provides an extreme example.
* Masochism - the pleasures of being hurt; the frisson of being self-destructive
* MaternityCrisis: completely averted. Judith goes into labour just as she's about to be charged with speeding, which is convenient. She then gets a police escort to the hospital.
* MeanBoss: The Chief Super. Doesn't like Bilborough, Wise ''or'' Fitz and frequently insults them (admittedly, not always without reason). Wise at least doesn't take it lying down.
* MeaningfulEcho: [[spoiler: Bilborough and Beck both say:]] "This is evidence. This is a dying man's statement."
* MistakenForGay: Played for laughs with Fitz and Beck in ''Brotherly Love''. Depending on one's POV, ''One Day a Lemming Will Fly'' could be an episode-length exploration.
* MoralityPet: Beck attempts to assuage his guilt over [[spoiler: Bilborough's death]] by looking after his widow and son. In ''Brotherly Love'' though, he's rather cruelly let down.
* MotiveRant: Several of the killers get in one of these.
* NobleBigotWithABadge: DS Jimmy Beck. Becomes significantly less noble as the series continues. [[spoiler: But he manages to go out with a bit of it back. Sort of.]] Though even in the early days he is shown bullying and victimizing suspects some of whom are later shown to be innocent.
* OopNorth: Depending on your point of view it's either played straight (if you're a northerner) or averted (if your a southerner and you think The North is terrible). Generally Manchester is shown to be pretty much as it is (or was at the time anyway). There's a mix of inner city deprivation with middle class banality. The rich and poor rub up against each other with the general kind of friction you might expect.
* OpenMystery: ''To Say I Love You'' from the first series and every story from the next two, though ''Brotherly Love'' plays with it in three ways as it features [[BigBadEnsemble three distinct criminals]]; the first murderer is played straight as we see him committing the crime; the second [[spoiler: is also seen, but only during her second killing midway through the second episode]], and the third is the rapist who attacked Penhaligon in the previous serial, whom Fitz and everyone else is sure is [[spoiler:Jimmy Beck]] but who has been strenuously and convincingly denying it since the end of the last series, is never actually seen committing it, and whom the audience can never be ''quite'' sure is guilty, especially since Fitz has got it horribly wrong before, even though he's the obvious suspect.[[spoiler: Turns out it really was him.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: A central part of Bill Nash's DarkAndTroubledPast in ''Best Boys''.
* PetTheDog: Subverted in an episode when a serial killer reveals to Fitz that he was going to drown a litter of kittens but decided not to because 'they hadn't done him any harm'. Fitz points out that none of the killer's victims had done him any harm either and that rather than making him sympathetic, the villain was just exhibiting 'sickening sentimentality'.
* PleaseIWillDoAnything: Claire Moody pleads like this to Albie Kinsella
* PoliceBrutality: Jimmy Beck is guilty of this on multiple occasions.
* TheProfiler: Fitz is considered to be very, very good (albeit ''impossible'' to work with), but even then he is not always right.
* RaisedCatholic: Fitz and many others
* RapeAsDrama: In ''Men Should Weep''
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: D.C.I. Wise.
* ShownTheirWork: The show had some of the most genuinely realistic portrayals of murders and how they happen, at least in the first part of the story, such as why a man might kill a shopkeeper or a prostitute. The handling of the police characters and their relationships also earned high praise from real officers as being pretty much spot-on, though later stories started to mess the detectives up maybe a bit too much. In general though, believable characterisation was this series strongest point.
* ShutUpHannibal: Fitz loves to first play sympathetic to the criminals, and just when they start to relax explain in thorough detail why he loathes their guts. Especially notable in ''To Say "I Love You"''.
* ShowerOfAngst: DS Penhaligon takes a bath after she's been raped, but makes sure to wrap her hand in plastic first to preserve evidence from when she scratched her attacker.
* StalkerWithACrush: Janice
* StepfordSmiler: Norma Trant in ''The Big Crunch'', who is totally in denial about her husband's abuse of his community and professional roles: cheating on her with schoolgirls and parishioners, and murder.
* StraightGay: Stuart Grady in ''Best Boys''.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Well, maybe not "To Death", but there's no better way to describe what it is Fitz does to the suspects. Almost done literally to [[spoiler: DS Beck]] at one point.
* TelevisionSerial
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Fitz frequently makes these to the murderers.
* TheUnsolvedMystery: [[spoiler: ''One Day A Lemming Will Fly'']]
* TokenMinority: DC Skelton initially comes off this way; his early appearances are brief, often overtly highlighting his race (''Men Should Weep'', most obviously). He transcends this in Season Three, where he's given a more prominent role.
* UglyGuyHotWife: A double dose of it with both Judith and Penhaligon. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Judith, who points out in one episode that men think she's available, given the state of their marriage, and Fitz' looks. Panhandle does have certain 'father' issues which may explain it though. Even Fitz admits that he's probably a father substitute.
* WalkAndTalk: A notable one in ''One Day A Lemming Will Fly'': Fitz and Penhaligon escort Cassidy through a shopping center (later joined by Beck), all the while probing his psyche, in a four minute single take.
* WickedCultured: Albie in ''To Be a Somebody''. Part of his motive; he resents being mistaken for an inarticulate hooligan when he's smart enough to identify a Bach piece from a few bars.
* YourCheatingHeart:
** Fitz and Judith are both adulterers. Judith is inclined to get rather sanctimonious about Fitz' adultery.
** The adulterous behaviour of DC Giggs, Michael Trant and David Harvey are all significant plot points.
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->''"I drink too much, I smoke too much, I gamble too much. I ''am'' too much."''
-->--Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald

This British CrimeAndPunishmentSeries was originally broadcast in the "Television Serial" format (also used for, e.g., ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' before 1996). The main character, Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald, played by Robbie Coltrane, was a psychologist who did profiling for the Manchester police force. Of course, he usually ended up confronting the criminal and solving the crime pretty much solo (though a few times he makes the situation a whole lot worse). Fitz was an AntiHero back in the days when an AntiHero made a risky and unusual TV show lead: aside from his grouchy, misanthropic demeanour, he was [[DefectiveDetective massively overweight and addicted to alcohol, tobacco and gambling]]. In his spare time, he also enjoyed a bit of {{UST}} with his [[TheWatson sidekick]], Jane "Panhandle" Penhaligon.

The main point of the show probably wasn't the police investigations, but the often quite disturbing conversations between Fitz and the suspects. ("You're the one who needs the psychologist," says the suspect in episode 1.) The show was critically praised in the UK for its psychological complexity, especially in the title character, the superb performance of Robbie Coltrane in the lead role, and its tackling of difficult and controversial subject matter. On the other hand, the show's [[WriterOnBoard handling]] of the latter has occasionally been criticised as veering towards the {{Anvilicious}}.

To date, there have been 10 stories, originally transmitted as two or three episodes each. There is considerable continuity from one story to the next (unusual in TelevisionSerial format shows) and watching them out of sequence would be inadvisable. An 11th, stand-alone episode was aired in 2006.

There was a [[TransAtlanticEquivalent U.S. remake]] in which the main character was fairly slender, drank moderate amounts of wine and lived in a spacious, airy apartment.

[[IThoughtThatWas Not to be confused]] with TheCracker, who is a computer criminal or the [[BritishComics British Comic]] Cracker.
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!!Provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Several of the criminals are victims of these
* AntiHero: Fitz and Beck could also count at first
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:DCI Bilborough and DS James Beck]]
* ArmouredClosetGay: Stuart Grady in ''Best Boys''.
* AssholeVictim: Several including a loan shark, a homophobe and a ruthless journalist
* AttemptedRape: [[spoiler: Floyd Malcolm attempts to rape Judith]]
* AwfulWeddedLife: Abounds, given the genre. Fitz and Judith are the most obvious example. Also, the Franklins from ''Best Boys'', so much so that DCI Wise initially thinks Mr Franklin is the murderer. Speaking of which, Wise's own marriage is not exactly a bed of roses, though he seems to be happier than his wife. Averted by Bilborough, who is HappilyMarried.
* AuthorTract: There's some political elements, like the deranged, homeless Falklands veteran, and much MargaretThatcher-bashing, read with a certain easy authenticity by "Red Robbie" Coltrane. Fitz's occasional invective against religion comes off this way, too.
* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible
* BerserkButton: Bilborough and his family, as tragically evinced in ''To Be a Somebody'', but children in general seem a sore point. In ''One Day a Lemming Will Fly'', even Beck thinks Bilborough goes too far browbeating a witness who didn't come forward sooner.
* BurnBabyBurn: Jane Penhaligon burns her clothes after she's been raped, causing Fitz (who's unaware of the reason) to quip that burning a bra is "a bit too [[TheSixties Sixties]]."
* ByronicHero: And ''how''!
* CaptainObvious. Penhaligon storms out of her superior's office after being turned down for a promotion, and when Fitz greets her as 'Panhandle' screams "IT'S PENHALIGON YOU FAT, STUPID BASTARD!" Expert psychologist that he is, Fitz concludes that she is upset.
* ClickHello: [[spoiler: When Panhandle breaks into Beck's house and waits for him.]]
* CrazyJealousGuy: Sean Kerrigan over his girlfriend Tina.
* CrimeReconstruction: In ''Men Should Weep''
* DarkAndTroubledPast: All the guilty suspects have one of these. Actually, most of the innocent ones do too, and so do the police officers. Fitz' speciality is finding out about them.
* DeadpanSnarker: Fitz and Wise most frequently. Penhaligon too, on occasion.
* DefectiveDetective: ''And how!''. Fitz, an overweight chain-smoking alcoholic adulterer with a gambling addiction.
-->'''Fitz''': I drink too much, I smoke too much, I gamble too much. I ''am'' too much.
** The actual detectives aren't necessarily that psychologically well-adjusted either.
* DirtyHarriet: Penhaligon in ''Brotherly Love''
* DrivenToSuicide:
** ''One Day A Lemming Will Fly'': The prime suspect seemingly tries to kill himself due to anguish over the victim's death (though Fitz implies that it was actually a cry for help).
** ''Brotherly Love'': [[spoiler:DS Jimmy Beck. He throws himself off a tall building after being overwhelmed by self-loathing from DCI Bilborough's death and his raping of DS Penhaligon.]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Whenever Fitz pulls one of his JerkAss stunts on Panhandle, she likes to get back at him by driving extremely fast, while enjoying the expression on Fitz's face instead of looking at the road.
** Also, Judith: "I ''like'' doing 60!"
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two serials are straightforward whodunnit stories, with little focus on the character interactions and social commentary that became the show's hallmark. Besides Fitz, the cast are fairly one-dimensional, and the plots pretty conventional. ''One Day a Lemming Will Fly'' marked [[WhamEpisode the show's point of departure]].
* FaithHeelTurn: [[spoiler: ''The Big Crunch''. Fitz believes the leader of the Christian sect lost his faith and became angry at the meaninglessness of the universe.]]
* FalseConfession: [[spoiler: Cassidy in ''One Day A Lemming Will Fly'']]
* FamedInStory: Fitz has his own radio show, and it is known publicly that he helps the police with murder investigations. In one episode the Chief Super tells Fitz they mainly keep him around for good publicity.
* FoodSlap: Fitz finally convinces Penhaligon to go out with him, [[OperationJealousy only to take her to the same restaurant his estranged wife has taken her date in order to show her up]]. While the two are arguing, Penhaligon can be heard asking the waiter for a jug of water, which she calmly pours over Fitz's head before walking out.
-->'''Fitz:''' (dripping wet) Anglo-Saxon foreplay.
* FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps: Set in Manchester with very strong local flavour.
* ForensicDrama
* FosterKid: Bill Nash in ''Best Boys''.
* FreudianExcuse: Deconstructed. Most of the murderers are very damaged and shown some sympathy by Fitz but he also makes it clear to them that they are still responsible for their crimes.
* {{Gayngst}}: One of the major themes of ''Best Boys''.
* GeniusSlob: Fitz
* GoodCopBadCop: Played with and straight, depending on the circumstances. Fitz often performs both roles himself.
* HannibalLecture: Played straight, by the suspects, and then immediately subverted as Fitz does his thing and zones in on the ''why''.
* HoneyTrap: Tina from ''To Say I Love You'' and Janice from ''True Romance'' both use this trope to ensnare their victims.
* HypocriticalHumor: ''One Day A Lemming Will Fly'' has a pompous coroner who upbraids Bilborough for supposed lack of professionalism... while dressed as Napoleon for a society ball. Neither Bilborough nor his colleagues are impressed:
-->'''Coroner''': He's been dead about 72 hours.
-->'''Bilborough''': Thank you.
-->'''Coroner''': [scoffing] And you're a DCI?
-->'''Bilborough''': [coldly polite] I knew it was a murder; I just wanted it confirmed and you've confirmed it. Thank you. *{{beat}}* You can get along to your party now.
* IndirectKiss: Fitz is briefing the detectives, one of whom makes an ignorant comment in his area of expertise. Fitz immediately jumps down the man's throat for this; but a few seconds before that same detective had passed a drink to Fitz's love interest DS Penhaligon, who drank from the bottle without wiping it first -- just the kind of minor detail Fitz would notice.
* InsufferableGenius: Fitz is considered to be a complete bastard by his workmates at the Manchester Police, and has zero respect among his academic peers. But he is also very, very, ''very'' good at profiling.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Averted. DCI Bilborough specifically tells a suspect that no-one is going to touch her in case it jeopardises her being sent to prison. DS Beck is bawled out by DCI Wise when he beats a suspect.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Fitz.
* JerkAssWoobie: Most of the murderers, some of the {{Asshole Victim}}s, Jimmy Beck and, arguably, Fitz himself
* KavorkaMan: Fitz.
** The sect leader/headmaster in ''The Big Crunch''. [[spoiler: It turns out that his cult is based on women and girls who are attracted to him.]]
* KickTheDog: Absolutely everyone at various points. Judith gets in an especially nasty one on Panhandle in ''True Romance''.
* KickTheMoralityPet: Fitz, not infrequently. Considering how hard he kicks, it's kind of an issue.
* KinkyCuffs: DCI Wise walks in on Fitz feeling up Penhaligon's legs while she's wearing her own handcuffs.
* LeftHanging: In the episode "One Day A Lemming Will Fly", [[spoiler: Fitz actually spends the entire episode pursuing the wrong man for the murder of a child. The episode's entire resolution hinges on the fact that the child's killer will never be known -- at least, unless he strikes again... Probably deliberate to show that, no matter how brilliant Fitz is, he can still be dead wrong]].
* MadnessMantra: In ''To Be a Somebody'', ''"L-I-V, E-R-P, Double-O L, Liverpool FC."''. For non-Brits, this is a traditional chant of supporters of the Liverpool football (soccer) team.
** ''The Big Crunch'': "All flesh is grass. All flesh is grass."
** ''The Madwoman in the Attic'': Fitz proposes that the murderer was hearing "Kill the bitch. Kill the bitch." repeatedly to the sound of the train. When the real murderer is shown later on a train, he's repeating various phrases ("I'm too tired. I'm too tired. I'm too tired.") while staring at his intended victim.
* MadonnaWhoreComplex: David Harvey in ''Brotherly Love'' provides an extreme example.
* Masochism - the pleasures of being hurt; the frisson of being self-destructive
* MaternityCrisis: completely averted. Judith goes into labour just as she's about to be charged with speeding, which is convenient. She then gets a police escort to the hospital.
* MeanBoss: The Chief Super. Doesn't like Bilborough, Wise ''or'' Fitz and frequently insults them (admittedly, not always without reason). Wise at least doesn't take it lying down.
* MeaningfulEcho: [[spoiler: Bilborough and Beck both say:]] "This is evidence. This is a dying man's statement."
* MistakenForGay: Played for laughs with Fitz and Beck in ''Brotherly Love''. Depending on one's POV, ''One Day a Lemming Will Fly'' could be an episode-length exploration.
* MoralityPet: Beck attempts to assuage his guilt over [[spoiler: Bilborough's death]] by looking after his widow and son. In ''Brotherly Love'' though, he's rather cruelly let down.
* MotiveRant: Several of the killers get in one of these.
* NobleBigotWithABadge: DS Jimmy Beck. Becomes significantly less noble as the series continues. [[spoiler: But he manages to go out with a bit of it back. Sort of.]] Though even in the early days he is shown bullying and victimizing suspects some of whom are later shown to be innocent.
* OopNorth: Depending on your point of view it's either played straight (if you're a northerner) or averted (if your a southerner and you think The North is terrible). Generally Manchester is shown to be pretty much as it is (or was at the time anyway). There's a mix of inner city deprivation with middle class banality. The rich and poor rub up against each other with the general kind of friction you might expect.
* OpenMystery: ''To Say I Love You'' from the first series and every story from the next two, though ''Brotherly Love'' plays with it in three ways as it features [[BigBadEnsemble three distinct criminals]]; the first murderer is played straight as we see him committing the crime; the second [[spoiler: is also seen, but only during her second killing midway through the second episode]], and the third is the rapist who attacked Penhaligon in the previous serial, whom Fitz and everyone else is sure is [[spoiler:Jimmy Beck]] but who has been strenuously and convincingly denying it since the end of the last series, is never actually seen committing it, and whom the audience can never be ''quite'' sure is guilty, especially since Fitz has got it horribly wrong before, even though he's the obvious suspect.[[spoiler: Turns out it really was him.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: A central part of Bill Nash's DarkAndTroubledPast in ''Best Boys''.
* PetTheDog: Subverted in an episode when a serial killer reveals to Fitz that he was going to drown a litter of kittens but decided not to because 'they hadn't done him any harm'. Fitz points out that none of the killer's victims had done him any harm either and that rather than making him sympathetic, the villain was just exhibiting 'sickening sentimentality'.
* PleaseIWillDoAnything: Claire Moody pleads like this to Albie Kinsella
* PoliceBrutality: Jimmy Beck is guilty of this on multiple occasions.
* TheProfiler: Fitz is considered to be very, very good (albeit ''impossible'' to work with), but even then he is not always right.
* RaisedCatholic: Fitz and many others
* RapeAsDrama: In ''Men Should Weep''
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: D.C.I. Wise.
* ShownTheirWork: The show had some of the most genuinely realistic portrayals of murders and how they happen, at least in the first part of the story, such as why a man might kill a shopkeeper or a prostitute. The handling of the police characters and their relationships also earned high praise from real officers as being pretty much spot-on, though later stories started to mess the detectives up maybe a bit too much. In general though, believable characterisation was this series strongest point.
* ShutUpHannibal: Fitz loves to first play sympathetic to the criminals, and just when they start to relax explain in thorough detail why he loathes their guts. Especially notable in ''To Say "I Love You"''.
* ShowerOfAngst: DS Penhaligon takes a bath after she's been raped, but makes sure to wrap her hand in plastic first to preserve evidence from when she scratched her attacker.
* StalkerWithACrush: Janice
* StepfordSmiler: Norma Trant in ''The Big Crunch'', who is totally in denial about her husband's abuse of his community and professional roles: cheating on her with schoolgirls and parishioners, and murder.
* StraightGay: Stuart Grady in ''Best Boys''.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Well, maybe not "To Death", but there's no better way to describe what it is Fitz does to the suspects. Almost done literally to [[spoiler: DS Beck]] at one point.
* TelevisionSerial
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Fitz frequently makes these to the murderers.
* TheUnsolvedMystery: [[spoiler: ''One Day A Lemming Will Fly'']]
* TokenMinority: DC Skelton initially comes off this way; his early appearances are brief, often overtly highlighting his race (''Men Should Weep'', most obviously). He transcends this in Season Three, where he's given a more prominent role.
* UglyGuyHotWife: A double dose of it with both Judith and Penhaligon. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Judith, who points out in one episode that men think she's available, given the state of their marriage, and Fitz' looks. Panhandle does have certain 'father' issues which may explain it though. Even Fitz admits that he's probably a father substitute.
* WalkAndTalk: A notable one in ''One Day A Lemming Will Fly'': Fitz and Penhaligon escort Cassidy through a shopping center (later joined by Beck), all the while probing his psyche, in a four minute single take.
* WickedCultured: Albie in ''To Be a Somebody''. Part of his motive; he resents being mistaken for an inarticulate hooligan when he's smart enough to identify a Bach piece from a few bars.
* YourCheatingHeart:
** Fitz and Judith are both adulterers. Judith is inclined to get rather sanctimonious about Fitz' adultery.
** The adulterous behaviour of DC Giggs, Michael Trant and David Harvey are all significant plot points.
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* GeniusSlob: Fitz
24th Sep '13 7:44:50 PM AllenbysEyes
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two serials are straightforward whodunnit stories, with little focus on the character interactions that would become the show's hallmark. Besides Fitz, the cast are fairly one-dimensional, and the plots pretty conventional. ''One Day a Lemming Will Fly'' marked [[WhamEpisode the show's point of departure]].

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two serials are straightforward whodunnit stories, with little focus on the character interactions and social commentary that would become became the show's hallmark. Besides Fitz, the cast are fairly one-dimensional, and the plots pretty conventional. ''One Day a Lemming Will Fly'' marked [[WhamEpisode the show's point of departure]].
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first two serials are straightforward whodunnit stories, with little focus on the character interactions that would become the show's hallmark. Besides Fitz, the cast are fairly one-dimensional, and the plots pretty conventional. ''One Day a Lemming Will Fly'' marked [[WhamEpisode the show's point of departure]].
10th Aug '13 10:19:20 AM LeedsKing
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* KinkyCuffs: DCI Wise walks in on Friz feeling up Penhaligon's legs while she's wearing her own handcuffs.

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* KinkyCuffs: DCI Wise walks in on Friz Fitz feeling up Penhaligon's legs while she's wearing her own handcuffs.
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* FoodSlap: Fitz finally convinces Penhaligon to go out with him, [[JerkAss only to take her to the same restaurant his estranged wife has taken her date in order to show her up]]. While the two are arguing, Penhaligon can be heard asking the waiter for a jug of water, which she calmly pours over Fitz's head before walking out.

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* FoodSlap: Fitz finally convinces Penhaligon to go out with him, [[JerkAss [[OperationJealousy only to take her to the same restaurant his estranged wife has taken her date in order to show her up]]. While the two are arguing, Penhaligon can be heard asking the waiter for a jug of water, which she calmly pours over Fitz's head before walking out.
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* KinkyCuffs: DCI Wise walks in on Friz feeling up Penhaligon's legs while she's wearing her own handcuffs.
19th Jul '13 4:13:24 AM Odon
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* FoodSlap: Fitz finally convinces Penhaligon to go out with him, [[JerkAss only to take her to the same restaurant his estranged wife has taken her date in order to show her up]]. While the two are arguing, Penhaligon can be heard asking the waiter for a jug of water, which she calmly pours over Fitz's head before walking out.
-->'''Fitz:''' (dripping wet) Anglo-Saxon foreplay.
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* MistakenForGay: Played for laughs with Fitz and Beck in ''Brotherly Love''. Depending on one's POV, ''One Day a Lemming Will Fly'' could be an episode-length exploration.
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