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Fixer, The (ITV 2008-2009



In The Fixer John Mercer is ex-Special Forces serving a double life sentence for the murder of his aunt and uncle. It was a crime he committed out of revenge for the years of physical abuse his sister Jess suffered at their hands.

Released from prison unexpectedly early, John is introduced to the shadowy Lenny Jameson, a police officer retired on grounds of ‘ill health.”
He quickly learns that his freedom comes at a price. Jameson runs an unofficial operation with a simple brief: remove untouchable criminals and disorganise crime. Mercer’s role is that of hitman.

Blackmailed by Douglas into killing for the state, Mercer struggles to come to terms with his mission. Desperate for any chance at a normal life, he attempts to reconcile himself to the task in hand. But each new assignment only brings him further and further into conflict with his taskmasters and his conscience begins to take over.

To help him on each hit, Mercer is introduced to his new colleagues. They include Calum McKenzie, a petty thief, whose main interests are girls, drugs and music. He is worlds away from the intelligent, thoughtful ex-soldier.

Things are further complicated by the final member of Lenny’s group of misfits: the beautiful but duplicitous Rose (Tamzin Outhwaite). A disgraced ex-copper who has always used her sexuality and guile as her primary weapon, she is more than a match for Mercer.

production details
UK | ITV – Kudos | 12×50 minutes | Aired from 10 March 2008 – 6 October 2010.

Creator: Ben Richards
Music: Magnus Fiennes and Scott Shields
Script Editor: Gabriel Silver
Executive Producers: Andrew Woodhead, Jane Featherstone and Simon Crawford Collins
Producer: Faith Penhale

Andrew Buchan as John Mercer
Tamzin Outhwaite as Rose Chamberlain
Jody Latham
Peter Mullan
Jack Shepherd
Predrag Bjelac
Rob Jarvis
Phil Davis
Elliot Cowan
Tom Beard
Liz White
Ingrid Oliver
Jamie Glover
Paterson Joseph
Saskia Reeves
Amelda Brown