Last Night’s TV – The Fixer

by Lynn Connolly

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This was the first time I’ve seen The Fixer, so I had to look up the back-story on and it’s a story that makes one wonder if it does in fact happen like that. Could a murdererous ex-military man be freed from prison to become a government hired assassin who operates above the law?

Could it really happen that various and nefarious others are recruited into this shady more-than-police force? Well, I wouldn’t know about that, but there were many other things to have to suspend my disbelief over in the show anyway.

But I have to say, despite the fact that so much of the plot had to be taken on faith – such as how gunshot and the resulting dead bodies can be liberally scattered all over the shop without bystanders or witnesses – this was addictive viewing.

It had all the best bits of truly good drama; a hero protagonist who, very appealingly, is a damaged man who’s just screaming for a good woman – or even a bad one – to take care of him and cure him. I’m up for that job by the way. There was also a mysterious man in authority who can get anything done, a young sidekick who’s a tearaway but has morals, and again, just needs a good woman and again, I’m there. Add to that the gorgeous blonde who can kick ar*e and all you then need is a good plot. And there was one of those too…

Andrew Buchan marvellously portrays John Mercer, mentally and physically scarred hit man, and in last night’s new series offering – the first of two parts – we saw him trying to close down gang activities and a huge child trafficking ring. With the absolutely gorgeous Jody Latham as his sidekick Callum, the pair were fearless and caring as they tried to free one child in particular.

Tamzin Outhwaite plays Rose, the sexy ex-copper who uses her womanly wiles to get what she wants, then demonstrates her tough side when she’s trapped her prey. Last night, we saw Rose saving a young girl from an acid attack and then becoming her reluctant guardian as she, John and big boss Lenny – played in purringly sinister mode by Peter Mullan – planned the demise of an increasingly powerful gang.

I won’t give away the whole storyline in case you haven’t yet seen it and want to catch it before next Tuesday’s episode, but suffice to say, if you can accept the premise for The Fixer, you’ll probably love this episode. It’s tense, it’s fraught, it’s good versus evil, and its major selling point is a well crafted plotline. Epic.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.