In the course of unraveling complex murder cases, the CRACKER mysteries allow viewers time to dissect the personal crises of their sleuths. Although THE MADWOMAN IN THE ATTIC isn't the most chilling of these imports (made for British TV), it's a confidently directed and sleekly scripted
study of complicated crime-solvers.
Although Detective Chief Inspector Bilborough (Christopher Eccleston) can't quickly crack a series of railway attacks on young women, he resents the interference of police psychologist Fitz (Robbie Coltrane), a gambling addict who doesn't suffer fools gladly. Flanked by ambitious Detective
Sergeant Penhaligon (Geraldine Somerville) and sexist ...