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Old 2nd Oct 2006, 19:50   #11
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Ahum.

Series 1:
The Mad Woman in the Attic
To Say I Love You
One Day a Lemming Will Fly

Series 2:
To Be a Somebody
Men Should Weep


Series 3:
Brotherly Love

Each series had three stories, so as you can see McGovern got away with writing fewer and fewer each time. I had a brief pen-and-paper correspondence with him in the days before email, and he said that One Day a Lemming Will Fly, the 'gay' story from series one, had originally been written by someone else, but it was terrible, so he had to write it again from scratch in two weeks. For this reason he thought it was the weakest. I liked all the first series equally though. Well... perhaps To Say I Love You the most, if only because it was the longest (three one-hour episodes instead of two).
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Old 2nd Oct 2006, 19:55   #12
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I was Eyre-ing too but wished I'd had my head screwed on enough to video this, I loved the first series of Cracker although I agree that some were far better than others. I do not have Mr Selfs apparantly boundless memory for individual episodes though!
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Ah, To Say I Love You. The on-the-run star-cross'd lovers? Absolutely wonderful. It's the one where he falls foul of the '10 Items Or Less' queue at the supermarket:

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Yes, the humour was always a big part of Cracker's appeal, even in the darker storylines. Fitz's love-hate relationship with taxi drivers was particularly good, like the one where he's in a taxi festooned with warnings: NO EATING. DON'T SLAM THE DOOR. NO SMOKING. At one point the taxi driver turns to him and says, "Did you fart?" Fitz replies, "Oh, is that not allowed either?"
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My personal favourite was when Fitz explained that even Scunthorpe could be the answer to a question i.e. name a town that is worse than Grimsby.

I was living in Scunthorpe and working in Grimsby at the time which might explain why I was particularly tickled by it.

I liked the fact that 'Scunthorpe!' then became Fitz's equivalent of 'bottoms up' or whatever when he was drinking.
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