Bodyguard (2018– )
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Episode #1.1 

After rescuing a train from a suicide bomber, a Scottish Afghanistan War vet is assigned to protect the UK Home Secretary.


Thomas Vincent


Jed Mercurio (created by), Jed Mercurio




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Madden ... David Budd
Keeley Hawes ... Julia Montague
Sophie Rundle ... Vicky Budd
Pippa Haywood ... Lorraine Craddock
Paul Ready ... Rob MacDonald
Nicholas Gleaves ... Roger Penhaligon
Tom Brooke ... Andy Apsted
Vincent Franklin ... Mike Travis
Matt Stokoe ... Luke Aitkens
Matthew Stagg Matthew Stagg ... Charlie Budd
Bella Padden ... Ella Budd
Faraz Ayub ... Subject
Olwen May ... Guard
Linda Hargreaves ... Passenger
Renée Castle ... OFC


Whilst on a train with his two small children ex-soldier David Budd, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, successfully thwarts a suicide bomber. Arriving in London, he is appointed as bodyguard to Home Secretary Julia Montague, who has a brutally direct anti-terror policy. She is grateful to David for his action and opens up about herself but David's domestic life is not ideal and Chanel, a former employee whom Julia has sacked, is out for revenge. Meanwhile, David has a secret that he is keeping from his charge. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

26 August 2018 (UK) See more »


Box Office


£36,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Keeley Hawes (Julia Montague) and Claire-Louise Cordwell (Kim Knowles) also worked together on episode 2.3, Line of Duty: Episode #2.3 (2014), of Line of Duty (2012) as Lindsay and Leland respectively. See more »


When Budd looks up the Home Secretary's voting history, there is a sentence that shows she consistently votes in favour of UK military action overseas, which ends with a period. When the camera zooms in on the sentence, there is no ending punctuation. See more »


David Budd: You said it out in Helmand.
Roger Penhaligon: You say a lot of stuff when you've seen your best mates blown to pieces.
David Budd: That if you ever found yourself right beside one of those bastards that sent us out there, you'd just close your eyes and pull the trigger. You'd still have a face. I'd still have a family.
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Excellent premise, good acting, but too much profanity
19 November 2018 | by darkavenger77See all my reviews

I saw this while browsing and it was rated TV-MA, the same as The Walking Dead. I read the premise of a veteran with a dim view of politicians having to protect one and found it interesting, notably from a British point of view. I enjoyed the acting from the main character, he played the role very well. After repeated use of the F-word, I was done though. Why can't modern shows deliver a good story like this one w/o literally fouling things up? If they cut down on the profanity, I'd easily rate this an 8/10. Reading more of the reviews it looks like I did not miss much in the finale, so not a great loss overall.

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