new favorite with bbc (of course) – bodyguard

… I love everything about Scotland!! Especially the accent and in BBC’s “Bodyguard” I get all my senses filled.

I only found out about this new series just before Christmas and I put it on the shelve until after the New Year. Absolute fantastic, but it also has 8,2 with IMDB.



This morning I found out that  Richard Madden won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama. Excellent!!! He is brilliant in his part as  Sergeant David Budd.

I also watch “The Wife” last week … Glenn Close are brilliant and worth her win, but otherwise, I wouldn’t say it was a brilliant film, even if the director is Swedish, Björn Runge. But I really hope Glenn Close wins an Oscar for her peformance as Joan Castleman.

Congratulations to them both!!! More than well-earned wins. 

Back to “Bodyguard”. The series began broadcasting on BBC One on 26 August 2018, achieving the highest viewing figures for a new BBC drama in the multichannel era and the highest BBC viewing figures since 2008. Available on Netflix! 6 episodes so far and I’m sure there is more to come.

War veteran David Budd finds work as a police sergeant with London’s Metropolitan Police Service, in the Royalty and Specialist Protection branch. He is assigned to protect the home secretary, the Rt. Hon. Julia Montague MP, a controversial and ambitious politician who is described as “the sociopath” by one of her aides, and who has plans to introduce invasive new surveillance powers for security forces. Finding himself increasingly at odds with Montague’s policies and personality, and dealing with physical and psychological scars from his time serving in Afghanistan, volatile Budd is torn between his beliefs and his duty to protect.

Budd finds himself torn between his duty and beliefs. Responsible for her safety, is he actually her biggest threat? 

Richard Madden – Sergeant David Budd
Keeley Hawes – The Right Honourable Julia Montague, the Home Secretary, Conservative MP for Thames West.
Gina McKee – Commander Anne Sampson, Head of the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command.
Sophie Rundle – Vicky Budd, David’s estranged wife, and the mother of their two children
Paul Ready – Rob MacDonald, Special Adviser to the Home Secretary.
Vincent Franklin – Mike Travis, Minister of State for Counter-Terrorism
Stuart Bowman – Stephen Hunter-Dunn, Director General of MI5.
Nina Toussaint-White – Detective Sergeant Louise Rayburn, Counter Terrorism Command.
Stephanie Hyam – Chanel Dyson, PR Adviser to Julia Montague.
Tom Brooke – Andy Apsted, a war veteran and friend of David who leads the anti-war Veterans Peace Group.
Matt Stokoe – Luke Aikens, an organised crime leader associated with Dyson.
Anjli Mohindra – Nadia Ali, implicated with her husband in an attempted bombing.

BBC journalists including Andrew Marr, John Pienaar, John Humphrys and Laura Kuenssberg appear as themselves

Created and written by Jed Mercurio, directed by Thomas Vincent and John Strickland. Music by Ruth Barrett. 

This is a show that takes the viewer on a roller coaster from the beginning till the end. Great characters, superb acting, and most of all, the storyline was awesome, with twists and turns that you wouldn’t expect. 

So tense and brilliantly acted. It’s good to see Richard Madden playing such a multi-faceted character. I saw and enjoyed him in “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” (2015)  and  A Promise (2013), but he has also been in 21 episodes of “Game of Thrones” as Robb Stark (which I haven’t watched).

When the Home Secretary move into a hotel for security reasons Budd get the room next to hers … and you can guess or ?????!!!

It is a very very strong show, and I really hope they can bring a second series to air with a different bent to it, but a second series would be a really big challenge to top or equal this first.

I highly recommend this as a must-watch. 

“Misfortune never comes singly.
It’s surrounded by bodyguards.”
Ljupka Cvetanova

All series images from BBC

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