Despite British gun laws. It is actually a common place for some soldiers who have returned from a war zone to illegally purchase a firearm. Especially those suffering from acute forms of PTSD. It is often times the only way they feel safe even out of a war zone.
Keeley Hawes was on location in Greece filming The Durrells in Corfu (2016), during which time 'Bodyguard' opened to rave reviews on TV back home in the UK. It wasn't until she returned to London and brought her children to nearby Thorpe Amusement Park, that she fully realized the popularity of the series when fans instantly recognized her on the park rides. She had not anticipated that 'Bodyguard' would become arguably the biggest hit of her career.
The events in the series are set during October and November of 2018, as the legislation being pushed through parliament by the Home Secretary is entitled RIPA 2018, and multiple shots of documents, phone call records, computer screens, etc. clearly show the date
In preparation for her role as Julia Montague MP, Keeley Hawes watched a lot of media coverage of then British Home Secretary Amber Rudd (2016-2018), whom she later met in a restaurant and was pleased to hear that she'd enjoyed the show.
The BBC commissioned the series from the then independent World Productions in 2016. After ITV Studios Global Entertainment bought the company in 2017, they handle international distribution for the series.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
Skeptics who question the plausibility of an intimate relationship between a high-ranking political figure and her bodyguard can be assured that, according to former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith (2007-2009), it does happen. She personally knows of a case where a police officer was suspended for having an affair with a cabinet minister's wife.
Bodyguard features both Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark in Game of Thrones, and Tom Brooke, who played Lothar Frey in the same show. Brooke's character was one of the conspirators behind Madden's character's tragic demise at "the Red Wedding", as well as the actual murderer of Madden's character's wife.