Bodyguard: Series 1 (2018)


Series 1
Bodyguard

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

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Critic Ratings: 70

83%

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User Ratings: 1994

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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.

Cast & Crew

Gina McKee
Sampson
Pippa Haywood
Craddock
Nicholas Gleaves
Roger
Bella Padden
Ella
Stuart Bowman
Hunter-Dunn
David Westhead
Prime Minister
Richard Riddell
Tom
Priscilla Parish
Producer
Jed Mercurio
Writer
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  • Jun 03, 2021
    It is most interesting short TV series
  • Jun 02, 2021
    Started out good (first three episodes) and then changed genres, from fast-paced thriller to plodding mystery. One of the leads died at that turning point, too, which didn't work for me. Episodes 4-6 became increasingly boring and unbelievable, especially the last one, where all the villains suddenly confessed to everything for no apparent reason except to tie up all the loose ends for the audience - no way would they have done that and sealed life sentences in prison for themselves Overly complicated and unrealistic. Thumbs down.
  • May 04, 2021
    This show is utterly Islamophobic. It shouldn't even have existed, let alone been rated 93% fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. Critics at RT need to show some sensitivity.
  • Apr 20, 2021
    Bodyguard starts out well as an effort to bring a searchlight onto important issues with politics, conspiracy, terror and post traumatic stress disorder among war veterans, but sadly gets steadily less credible by the episodes, ending up as a ridiculous farse.
  • Feb 15, 2021
    I need a season 2 so bad
  • Jan 12, 2021
    Its a banger. Vivid, dangerous, entertaining. You can go for it.
  • Jan 09, 2021
    Top notch entertainment, wish there were more shows like this. From episode 1 you remain engrossed in all the twists and turns that make for great entertainment.
  • Dec 21, 2020
    It's not NOT-worth watching---meaning: it's pretty good and I suppose mostly WORTH watching. It is definitely engaging and you do care about--and even come to really admire and like--the main character. There's plenty of action without being mindless. There are thrills and chills. There's also nuance and subtlety. What's frustrating is the writer seems super lazy. It's like he first came up with the plot and the narrative archs---and then imagined all sorts of cool and confounding gauntlets, challenges, hardships, difficulties for the main character to encounter, get snared in, and maybe overcome--and THEN he filled in the details. The reason that matters (to me) is this: as viewers we get to know the main character and understand the way he thinks and reasons, what he does and doesn't tend to do, the ways in which he gets triggered and messed up with PSTD from fighting in Afghanistan---and so we ALSO know that the main character would and would not say or do x, y, and z. Because the writer already decided "Hey wouldn't it be cool if he ended up having to deal with....." he forces the character into situations that we KNOW the character wouldn't have stepped into. The writer brought us around to thinking the guy is cagy, suspicious, extremely smart, and unusually good at what he does (Security) but then makes him do baffling, absolutely moronic things that are totally out of character for him. We're supposed to write it off as: "Oh, I guess his PSTD makes his judgment sometimes go way out of whack" --and it might--but often NOT in the ways the writer makes the character behave. Regardless of that, it is gripping, psychological, and suspenseful without being too angsty or gratuitously violent.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    Despite only billed as a six part series, Bodyguard is filled with solid, intriguing, and action-packed storytelling. A classic thriller plot with firm acting, great dialogue lines, and top cinematography. Enjoyable, but the ending might not suit everyone | follow us at @uncle.review
  • Oct 08, 2020
    Halfway through episode two, I realized that I wasn't going to finish watching the entire season. Bodyguard is probably one of the most overrated shows I've ever tuned in to. The acting is entirely wooden, and the writing is extremely lazy and offensive. After watching many top-rate UK series, I'm surprised that this even made it past the pilot. It also made me wonder what sort of actors agree to such sensationalist storylines? Even during a pandemic, I couldn't stomach passively tuning in.

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