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: 65


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Air date: Aug 26, 2018
Air date: Aug 27, 2018
Air date: Sep 2, 2018
Air date: Sep 9, 2018
Air date: Sep 16, 2018
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 (65) | Top Critics (19)

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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Bodyguard is a perfectly calibrated thriller that cleverly builds up the tension so you're always questioning what you see and hear, puzzling over everyone's motivations and real loyalties, and to hook you from beginning to end.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

The plot makes up in symmetry what it may lack in believability.

Sep 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | 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

  • Jul 01, 2019
    Breathtaking. Absolutely beautiful. It shows the struggles of the poor David Budd, making us feel sad and scared for him. Showing us how things can be twisted and how we need to value everything we have because it can be gone in a flash
  • Jun 26, 2019
    This show is phenomenal, it's thrilling and keeps you on the edge of your seat at all times. It's like it controls your breathing it resonates with audiences . Richard Madden's performance as David Budd is one of a kind, how he portrays this broken man hidden behind a strong front is amazingly moving. Definitely recommend watching!!
  • Jun 21, 2019
    If that guy says Mum one more time!!!!!!
  • Jun 12, 2019
    I normally don't watch this type of crime CSI government conspiracy stuff. But this was actually fantastic. LEE well written the actors were great, and I only wish it was longer.
  • Jun 11, 2019
    Great. It kept me hooked.
  • Jun 10, 2019
    Amazing. It keeps you hoo
  • Jun 05, 2019
    this show is very underrated! sure, there could have some improvement to bits of the story but that doesn't take away from the fact that this show is something special! the last episode is one of the greatest endings to a story I've ever seen! Richard Madden gives one hell of a performance as David Budd and if the television academy fails to notice this, they obviously are lacking any sort of judgement! 11/10 recommend watching this amazing program!!
  • Jun 03, 2019
    Simply excellent!! This 6 episode gauntlet will have you on the edge of the couch!
  • May 31, 2019
    No CGI heavy set pieces, no flashy cinmatography, just great acting and old-fashioned suspense and psychological drama. Like most movies in this genre suspensions of disbelief is required, but then you're in for a really tnese, fun and rewarding ride.
  • May 30, 2019
    Excellent Mini Series

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