Bodyguard (2018 TV series)

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Created by Jed Mercurio
Written by Jed Mercurio
Directed by
  • Thomas Vincent
  • John Strickland
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 5 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Simon Heath
  • Jed Mercurio
  • Elizabeth Kilgarriff
  • Priscilla Parish
  • Eric Coulter
Production location(s) London, UK
Cinematography John Lee
  • Steve Singleton (ep 1–3)
  • Andrew John McClelland (ep 4–6)
Running time 56–75 minutes
Production company(s) World Productions
Distributor ITV Studios Global Entertainment
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9 (1080i)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 26 August 2018 (2018-08-26) – present
External links
BBC Website
Production website

Bodyguard is a British television drama series, created and written by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions for the BBC. The six-part series stars Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes.[1] ITV Studios Global Entertainment handle international distribution for the series.[2] The series began broadcasting on BBC One on 26 August 2018,[3] achieving the highest viewing figures for a new BBC drama in the multichannel era.[4] Netflix will carry the show outside the United Kingdom and Ireland.[5]

The series is set around the fictional character of Police Sergeant David Budd, a heroic but volatile war veteran now working as a specialist protection officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service. He is assigned to protect the ambitious Home Secretary Julia Montague, whose politics stand for everything he despises.



No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [11]
1"Episode 1"Thomas VincentJed Mercurio26 August 2018 (2018-08-26)10.40
Sergeant David Budd, an Afghanistan war veteran and Metropolitan Police Protection Command officer, is on a train from Glasgow Central to London Euston when he intervenes and foils a plot to blow up the train. Due to his actions, both terrorist suspects avoid being shot by CTSFOs, enabling them to be arrested by Counter Terrorism Command. His heroism results in his promotion to serve on the detail of Julia Montague, the Home Secretary. There is tension between the two, with Montague's steadfast support of the Iraq War and War in Afghanistan and plans to infringe on civil liberties by updating RIPA contrasting with Budd's experience as a soldier. Montague fires her adviser Chanel Dyson, who then tries but fails to blacken her reputation to the press. The Chief Whip (and her ex-husband) Roger Penhaligon suspects her of exploiting the terrorist threat for her own personal gain and that she intends to launch a bid to replace the Prime Minister John Vosler. Meanwhile, Budd struggles to deal with both his undisclosed PTSD and his deteriorating relationship with his wife, Vicky, from whom he is separated, and he is upset when he is informed by Vicky that she is in a new romantic relationship with an unnamed man. Budd meets Andy Apsted, an old army friend in the anti-war Veterans Peace Group. Apsted, who was seriously injured whilst deployed, is disgusted with his friend's new career choice. After meeting with Apsted, Budd loads an illegal Makarov pistol he has hidden in his flat.
2"Episode 2"Thomas VincentJed Mercurio27 August 2018 (2018-08-27)10.00
Stephen Hunter-Dunn, Director General of MI5, informs Montague of intelligence that suggests there is a terrorist plan to attack Budd's children's school as retaliation for him foiling the train bombing. He advises her to keep it secret, fearing a member of the police might have leaked Budd's information to the terrorists. Montague later controversially transfers investigation of the foiled train bombing to MI5. The terrorist attack on the school is prevented by an ARV, but the terrorists manage to detonate the bomb in the street, killing five police officers. Budd's family is relocated to a safe house, and although he is temporarily removed from Montague's detail, she insists that he be reinstated. She also arranges the offer of a place at a special school for Budd's son. Returning from a COBRA meeting, Montague's car comes under sniper fire that kills her driver, but she and Budd survive due to the cars armour plating. Budd pursues and corners the sniper, revealed to be Apsted, who kills himself. That evening, Budd and Montague sleep together. The next day he is instructed by Sampson and his superior, CSU Lorraine Craddock, to record Montague's meetings. They also tell him she had prior knowledge that his children's school was a target.
3"Episode 3"Thomas VincentJed Mercurio2 September 2018 (2018-09-02)10.16
Montague is given a tablet by a man named Richard Longcross, containing compromising information about someone close to the Prime Minister. Budd is unable to find Longcross in the PNC, causing him to suspect he is with the security services. Montague corners the PM at Chequers unannounced, and appears to blackmail him into organising a reshuffle that would allow her to take his place. Budd is interviewed by Counter Terrorism Command detectives Sharma and Rayburn, who seem unconvinced by his account of the sniper attack. RIPA 2018 passes the third House of Commons vote. Travis meets Penhaligon to express concern about Montague's relationship with MI5. Budd and Montague's sexual relationship begins to deteriorate when he accidentally attacks her during a PTSD fit. Before Montague gives her speech at St. Matthew's College, she tells Budd that she knew the name of his children's school because it was one of many that had been possible targets. She also tells him that she wants him by her side, not because it is his job, but through choice. As she is giving her speech, Budd sees her PR advisor Tahir outside the auditorium, but allows him in after checking his briefcase. However, seconds later, as Tahir is approaching Montague on stage, a bomb explodes just before Budd and Knowles can reach her, leaving her fate uncertain.
4"Episode 4"John StricklandJed Mercurio9 September 2018 (2018-09-09)11.11
It is revealed that Julia Montague, PC Kimberley Knowles and Tahir Mahmood were killed in the blast. Mike Travis, Montague’s junior Minister of State is appointed Acting Home Secretary and transfers responsibility for investigating the train bombers from MI5 back to Counter Terrorism Command. The police believe that Mahmood was responsible for the bombing, although CCTV camera film shows that it is uncertain if the explosion emanated from the briefcase. Budd also falls under suspicion regarding why he did not spot the bomb when investigating Mahmood. DCI Sharma and DS Rayburn interview him and search his property and electronics. The next day, doctors pronounce Montague dead and the news is announced by the PM on TV. CCTV evidence from the House of Commons shows Rob MacDonald handing Mahmood the briefcase. Before he is interviewed by police, Travis tells him to stick to their pre-arranged story and assures him that the police will find no traces of explosives linked to him. Budd attempts to commit suicide, but is unsuccessful due to an unknown party having accessed his flat and replaced bullets in his hidden pistol with blank rounds. Returning to Montague's hotel, he discovers the security footage has been tampered with to remove all trace of Longcross's visit. On orders from Sampson, he accompanies Rayburn to interview Nadia about the person who supplied her husband with the explosives for the foiled train attack, but she does not identify the bomb-maker among the pictures she is shown, which include one of Mahmood.
5"Episode 5"John StricklandJed Mercurio16 September 2018 (2018-09-16)TBD
Analysis from Fort Halstead proves the bomb was not located in the briefcase, but under the stage and activated by either a pressure sensor or timer, throwing into question Mahmood’s culpability. Rayburn discovers that CCTV footage from before the attack has also been altered, and has Budd get an E-FIT of Longcross created. Apsted is identified by SO15, with his past as an EOD officer in the army creating the suspicion he could have been the bomb maker. During a second interview with Nadia, she identifies Longcross as the man her husband met with. Budd conducts research on the kompromat Montague was given by Longcross, and discovers the damaging information concerns the Prime Minister himself. He ambushes Penhaligon at his constituency surgery, accusing him of stealing the tablet from Montague's possessions whilst she was hospitalised. Hunter-Dunn denies association with Longcross to Travis, but still refuses to share information with the police investigation. MacDonald gives a voluntary statement to police revealing he and the party leadership planned to embarrass Montague by altering her speech, but never intended to harm her. Budd meets with a gun dealer and attempts to acquire the same type of sniper rifle used by Apsted. Luke Aitkens (the man who collected Dyson after she was fired) is revealed to be a figure in organised crime, another party who would be targeted by RIPA 18. When information regarding Budd's relationship with Montague and his attempted suicide is leaked to Craddock, she suspends him from duty and revokes his firearms license. In Montague's flat later that evening, he finds the tablet hidden in a photo frame.
6"Episode 6"John StricklandJed Mercurio23 September 2018 (2018-09-23)TBD


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  2. ^ "BBC unveils brand new must-see dramas". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 9 August 2018. 
  3. ^ Hughes, Sarah (12 August 2018). "Jed Mercurio on Bodyguard, jeopardy … and the next Line of Duty". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Corrodus, Corrine (4 September 2018). "Bodyguard is the biggest drama on British TV in over a decade". The Daily Telegraph. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2018-09-18). "Netflix Picks Up BBC Drama Thriller 'Bodyguard' Starring 'Game Of Thrones' Richard Madden". Variety. Retrieved 2018-09-18. 
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  7. ^ BBC One-Bodyguard-David Budd BBC One-Bodyguard.
  8. ^ BBC One-Bodyguard-Julia Montague BBC One-Bodyguard.
  9. ^ BBC One-Bodyguard-Vicky Budd BBC One-Bodyguard.
  10. ^ "Andy Apsted". BBC. Retrieved 18 September 2018. 
  11. ^ "Weekly top 30 programmes - BARB". Retrieved 9 September 2018. 

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