Bodyguard, the most-watched new drama series in the UK in more than a decade, debuts on Netflix in the US and other territories next month.
Bodyguard, which completes its run across the pond this coming Sunday evening, launched with 10.4 million viewers, giving BBC One a 40.9 share and making the series the top-performing new TV drama of both 2018 and the past twelve years.
Set in and around the corridors of power, political crime thriller Bodyguard stars Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Medici: Masters of Florence, Cinderella) as Police Sergeant David Budd, a volatile Afghanistan war veteran with PTSD, whose post-tour of duty anti-terrorism heroism nets him a promotion to the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of the Metropolitan Police Protection Command. In his new assignment, he is to protect Home Secretary Julia Montague, played by BAFTA nominee Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty, The Durrells in Corfu, The Missing).
Montague, an ambitious Conservative MP, stands for everything Budd despises, so he finds himself torn between his duty and his beliefs. But he remains her protector… and becomes her lover.
And both Montague and Budd become targets.
Written by Royal Television Society award winner Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty, Bodies) and produced by World Productions (The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, Born to Kill), the six-part series co-stars Stuart Bowman (Versailles), Tom Brooke (Preacher), Vincent Franklin (Happy Valley), Nicholas Gleaves (Scott & Bailey), Pippa Haywood (Mr. Selfridge), Gina McKee (The Borgias), Paul Ready (The Terror), and Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders).
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