Bodyguard: Series 1 (2018)

Series 1

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Bodyguard maintains a palpable tension throughout its pulpy proceedings to create an absorbing and addicting psychological thriller.



Critic Ratings: 69


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User Ratings: 1882

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Air date: Aug 26, 2018
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Air date: Sep 2, 2018
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Air date: Sep 23, 2018

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David Budd (Richard Madden), a military veteran who fought in the Middle East, prevents a suicide bomber from blowing up a train, allowing the arrest of the terrorists who planned the attack: due to his heoric act, he's promoted to the role of bodyguard for Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes), a conservative and controversial politician. In Season 1, the relationship between the two starts out as very tense because of their differing views, but they learn to trust each other. Meanwhile, Budd also has to deal with personal demons: his PTSD and the strained relationship with his wife.


Stuart Bowman
as Stephen Hunter-Dunn
Tom Brooke
as Andy Apsted
Claire-Louise Cordwell
as Kim Knowles
Vincent Franklin
as Mike Travis
Nicholas Gleaves
as Roger Penhaligon
Keeley Hawes
as Julie Montague
Pippa Haywood
as Lorraine Craddock
Stephanie Hyam
as Chanel Dyson
Richard Madden
as David Budd
Gina McKee
as Anne Sampson
Paul Ready
as Rob Macdonald
Richard Riddell
as Tom Fenton
Sophie Rundle
as Vicky Budd
Shubham Saraf
as Tahir Mahmood
Matt Stokoe
as Luke Aitkens
Ash Tandon
as Deepak Sharma
Nina Toussaint-White
as Louise Rayburn
David Westhead
as Prime Minister
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Critic Reviews for Bodyguard Series 1

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (23)

It's two things at once - the list of who did what and the reminder of what happened - and it feels nicely succinct. Like everything else about "Bodyguard," including its hero, the opening is taut.

Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Bodyguard remains a gripping and thoroughly entertaining adventure that's emotionally deft, but that clumsy ending dims its overall excellence.

Oct 25, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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More concerned with being a good ride than exploring character or politics, the show is awash in a timely cynicism.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

To watch Bodyguard's six episodes is to suspend disbelief and submit to its surprises. It helps not to expect too much more than that, particularly when it comes to the show's lavish employment of archetypes.

Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…

I can't wait to see what happens next. However, I do wonder about some of the casting. Though Madden can be rather wooden, that doesn't matter a jot here.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Madden plays Budd like a time bomb poised to detonate, revealing a man scarred by his wartime experiences. Hawes is excellent as the hawkish politician and Mercurio keeps the twists coming through to the finale.

May 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Six hours of a magnificent police drama. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

While Bodyguard is being billed as a thriller, at its core it's that old favourite of the British isles, the police procedural - and crucially, even when it's just going through the procedures, it stays engaging.

Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Bodyguard adds to a long and damaging media trend of depicting brown people as terrorists.

Aug 18, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Well written, cleverly plotted, and bingable as hell, Bodyguard is a riveting six-hour watch.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The more ridiculous and far-fetched Bodyguard becomes, the more I am gripped.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

A taut limited series from the UK that will curl your hair; it is INTENSE. If you haven't seen it, hold a day to devote to six full length episodes on Netflix and expect to be deeply spooked.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bodyguard: Series 1

  • May 15, 2020
    - Bodyguard - This English detective series, thriller, anything to please, A great scenario, an impeccable achievement and also a wonderful interpretation ... Wow, yes all that! In addition the show keeps you in suspense throughout the six episodes, and that it must be specified, the story is easy to follow and invite you to intrigue yourself also on each character and it works, from start to end, a constant suspense will keep you in halene and you will be delighted to see a magnificent series, which are still not legion, so you should take advantage of it. The actor "Richard Madden" is just exceptional in his role (Sergeant David Budd). This is a great show, so enjoy it!
  • May 08, 2020
    Cliché-dramatic (a problematic flaw when it comes to portraying terrorism), with the platitudinous love affair taking the cake. Unforgiveably too short (only 6 episodes ?), it ends on a precipitated and unrealistic denouement that leaves many questions unresolved. The storyline simply doesn't seem to hold up in the end. Disappointing, given the series' initial potential.
  • Apr 30, 2020
    Turns out to be a giant steaming pile of racist authoritarian propaganda.
  • Apr 24, 2020
    Bodyguard remains a gripping and thoroughly entertaining adventure that's emotionally deft, but that clumsy ending dims its overall excellence.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    A fantastic Tv Series, with brilliant acting and well thought and catchy storyline
  • Apr 02, 2020
    6.7/10 — "Okay"/"Decent"/"Watchable" -(Seen in MAR '20)
  • Mar 24, 2020
    This show builds an exciting story-line in each of its 6 episodes and in episode 5 it reaches the climax and then ruin it with a bad ending...the ending is too happy!
  • Mar 20, 2020
    Captivating political thriller that incorporates complex characters and a constant tautness throughout, without attempting to pad the runtime with unnecessary dross.
  • Mar 15, 2020
    Watched the entire thing in one night. No show has gotten me so hooked while making me feel such sadness, anger, and anxiety back and forth. Incredible acting, writing, and everything else that I won't waste time listing. Incredibly immersive and nail-biting experience. Cannot wait for season 2. Recommend to absolutely everyone.
  • Feb 28, 2020
    started out slow and a little confusing but really came together at the end. one of the best endings I've seen. the show was so good! it really captured your attention and kept you wanting more! hoping they come out with a season 2.

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