Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Part of the U.K. detective series Cracker, "The Big Crunch" originally aired in three parts during 1994. Jim Carter plays Kenneth Trant, a religious schoolmaster who is discovered having an affair with young Joanne Barnes (Samantha Morton). The girl is drugged, scarified, and ordered to be killed, but the religious Dean Saunders (Darren Tighe) lets her go. When Joanne dies in a hospital, the Trant family frames Dean. After getting captured by Det. Sgt. Jimmy Beck (Lorcan Cranitch) and interrogated by Fitz (Robbie Coltrane), Dean hangs himself. The Trant family is eventually taken into custody when Kenneth's infidelity is revealed. Meanwhile, Fitz gets a divorce from Judith (Barbara Flynn) and sleeps with Det. Sgt. Jane Penhaligon (Geraldine Somerville).