An elite group of British bodyguards guard vulnerable VIPs against threats.


Jeffrey Caine




1997   1996  




Series cast summary:
Louise Lombard ...  Liz Shaw 7 episodes, 1996-1997
Sean Pertwee ...  Ian Worrell 7 episodes, 1996-1997
John Shrapnel ...  Commander Alan MacIntyre 7 episodes, 1996-1997
Pip Torrens ...  Robert Ferguson 6 episodes, 1997
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ...  DAC James Henty 2 episodes, 1996-1997
Robin Welch Robin Welch ...  1st CPG Marksman / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Robert Horwell ...  DC Fitton 2 episodes, 1996-1997


After two serous breaches of security, including an assassination, Commander MacIntyre is ordered to create a new amalgamated bodyguard force called the Close Protection Group. This series follows this organization's missions as they use their vital skills to spot and prevent threats to their assigned principals, even as ruthless assassins plot to strike. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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11 April 1996 (UK) See more »

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Testőrök See more »

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Zenith Entertainment See more »
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1.33 : 1
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could and should have been better....
12 August 2015 | by mufdivtwoSee all my reviews

I watched 2 and a half episodes last night from a video tape I got many years ago. if I'm honest I found them rather predictable. because it is based around people who protect politicians and the like, therefore the scriptwriters do what I consider as "predictable" i.e. they invent a plot that inevitably leads to a politician being the target of a hit-man. but because the script writers know that to simply write a script which ends with a politician being shot, would be boring. so they decide to invent a plot which involves the bodyguard and his wife and young daughter, being held captive by a foreign couple who then attempt to manipulate the bodyguard by saying that unless he cooperates and leads the politician into a situation where he can be shot, the bodyguard's wife and daughter will be shot. the body guard then "predictably" feels stressed but decides to cooperate. there after things become even more predictable i.e. "the commander" decides that they should try to find and if necessary kill the hit man before he can kill the politician. that was obviously designed to create a feeling of "tension" but in my opinion it doesn't work and by this point it is difficult to take it seriously. anyway the plot ends with the wife of the bodyguard being shot. and before the episode ends we get to see the bodyguard "going through the motions" but again its too predictable and just lacks "realism" and feels rushed because don't forget that each episode lasts for 60 minutes, therefore everything feels rushed. it doesn't work in my opinion. this was a good opportunity to set a new standard because up till 1996 most British "cop shows" didn't focus on bodyguards who protect members of state. and so when "bodyguards" was created it was fresh and new. but the plot, script, and directing let down what could and should have been a good series. therefore its not surprising it only ran from 1996 to 1997.

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