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Monday's Best Bets on TV

Published: Mon, October 30, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.

"Cracker: A New Terror" (9 p.m., BBC America): He's overweight, perpetually tieless, and his suits are always wrinkled. He's a boozer, a gambler, a lousy husband and a worse father. And he smokes. But in spite of himself, Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald is a charming hero and a gifted criminal psychologist at work in Manchester, England. Best of all, after a long absence from TV screens, Fitz is back, courtesy of Robbie Coltrane (originator of the role) in the TV film "Cracker: A New Terror." In his new case, Fitz is brought in by the local police to help identify a serial killer -- and he soon realizes the perpetrator is one of the cops assigned to this very case, a man haunted by his experiences as a British soldier in Northern Ireland who feels the deaths of his comrades are now seen as insignificant since 9/11.
"The House Next Door" (9 p.m., Lifetime): A young married couple beholds unexplainable and deadly events within the house next door. Col (Lara Flynn Boyle) and her husband, Walker (Colin Ferguson), find their comfortable suburban lifestyle upended when Kim (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), an architect of uncommon ambition and intensity, builds a stunning manse next to their quaint home. Then Col and Walker observe bad things happen to those who occupy the new dwelling.
"Angel Rodriguez" (9 p.m., HBO): Rachel Griffiths joins newcomer Jonan Everett for the new made-for-cable film "Angel Rodriguez." In a story that unfolds over "real time," Everett plays an abandoned inner-city teen whose life changes after developing a relationship with a well-to-do social worker. Denis O'Hare and Wallace Little also star.

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