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Jimmy McGovern is a Liverpudlian television/film writer with a strong political conscience. His most famous work is the three series of Cracker starring Robbie Coltrane as the criminal psychologist Fitz. The series was ground-breaking, intelligent television: British television would not be the same without it.

McGovern's other masterpiece is The Lakes, a gritty drama set in the Lake District of England. As with Robbie Coltrane, John Simm is now recognised as an actor with real talent after starring in a McGovern-penned series.

Never known for shying away from a difficult topic, Hillsborough was his docu-drama telling the story of British football's greatest single tragedy. After initially seeing the media blame the fans for the 96 deaths on that day, 'Hillsborough' was a chance to see what really happened. The disaster itself obviously had a strong bearing on McGovern as three episodes of Cracker centred around a (fictional) serial killer with a plot to avenge all 96 deaths. Some of his victims were characters who had worked for The Sun at the time of Hillsborough.

McGovern has also written two feature films: Go Now (1996) and Liam (2001).

The writer's other credits include Touching Evil, Dockers, Go Now, Heart and Hearts and Minds as well as work on Scouser ex-soap Brookside.


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