There will never be another TV show like Cracker. Not because of falling production standards or a death of writing talent. Not even due to the polluting influence of reality TV, the threat of interactive entertainment or the widely prophisied death of television itself.

The reason we'll never see another Cracker is because Fitz, the show's gambling alcoholic nicotine-addicted protagonist, won't be able to hunker down in the closest boozer nursing a whiskey and a fag and dissect the psychology of the serial killer du jour.

Being a smoker, Fitz would be kicked to the curb -- as all English pub smokers will be -- come July 1. It is the same date that pubs across Victoria will become smoke free. New South Wales' pubs will be smoke free on July 2. In Queensland and Tasmania, the bans are already in place.