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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Air date: Aug 26, 2018

A war veteran now working as a specialist protection officer is tasked with protecting the ambitious and powerful Home Secretary.

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Air date: Aug 27, 2018

Specialist Protection Officer Budd is on high alert after the UK terror threat level is raised to severe. Meanwhile, Home Secretary Montague holds secret meetings with the Director General of the Security Service.

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Air date: Sep 2, 2018

As the capital shudders in the wake of two terrorist attacks, specialist protection officer PS David Budd is more under pressure than ever to keep the home secretary Julia Montague safe. The threat to her life does nothing to curb Julia's political ambitions, as her counterterrorism bill takes another step towards being made law, provoking political rivalries.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2018

The home secretary's principal protection officer David Budd struggles to come to terms with the fallout from the devastating events of the last 24 hours. The police retake control of the investigation into the attacks from the suddenly weakened security service, and David is questioned by counterterrorism detectives DCI Deepak Sharma and DS Louise Rayburn.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2018

Determined to push the investigation forward, principal protection officer David Budd targets enemies of home secretary Julia Montague. As he delves into Julia's political manoeuvring before the attack, David's theories about a conspiracy at the heart of government look increasingly plausible.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2018

Principal Protection Officer David Budd (Richard Madden) has made a major breakthrough in the investigation into the attack on the Home Secretary, but his enquiries have put him in mortal danger. With the clock ticking and no-one left who believes him, David attempts to prove his innocence. But the evidence against him begins to stack up...

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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

  • 2d ago
    A thrilling storytelling and acting performance by the cast makes the whole experience intriguing, The only shame is how there's only a few episodes on this season but quality of each episode is very satisfying. Lots of Jason Bourne vibes as well.
  • Jul 13, 2020
    Really good thriller series...enjoyed all aspects of it and kept me interested all the way to the end...well worth a watch
  • Jul 03, 2020
    Well written, highly engaging, and a wild ride from start to finish. I couldn't stop talking about this one for weeks.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    Just finish watching this show, OMG this is amazing, it will take only few minutes to love this show and each episode is literally breathtaking and full of suspense. I don't get why people don't like its last episode or keep saying that it was becoming boring with each episode, all they are wrong. Infact it has become more interesting with each episode. This show is amazing and breathtaking political drama. Actors have done a great job everyone but specially i had never imagined king in the north in this kind of stuff, but madden's acting skills are superb. Don't avoid it by getting idea of it being a stupid romantic show, its a hardcore suspense drama. ❤️
  • Jun 06, 2020
    Intriguing, action-packed show that leaves you guessing who the villains are until the end.
  • Jun 03, 2020
    1 of the finest series, cast nd making is gud. decent storyline , action packed with chilled drama. best phrase wat i like "Yes Maaam". a military veteran, his skills help nabbing an suicide bomber in a train where he meets coincidentally. later he gets promoted to Bodygurad of controversial politician.doing his duty along with personal issues with wife. a bond between him nd politican leads complicated situation. later how things work out, will he be able to maintain his attitude towards his duty and evolve the bond with politician. how differ will it make his personal life is story. there r few scenes which r real gud to C ! yeah there r some boring elements as well ! gud to watch !
  • 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.

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