Bodyguard (2018– )
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Episode #1.2 

With the UK terror threat level raised to severe, Home Secretary Montague holds secret meetings with the Director General of the Security Service, side-stepping her own Minister for Counter... See full summary »


Thomas Vincent


Jed Mercurio (created by), Jed Mercurio




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Madden ... David Budd
Bella Padden ... Ella Budd
Matthew Stagg Matthew Stagg ... Charlie Budd
Keeley Hawes ... Julia Montague
Sophie Rundle ... Vicky Budd
Claire-Louise Cordwell Claire-Louise Cordwell ... Kim Knowles
Vincent Franklin ... Mike Travis
Shubham Saraf ... Tahir Mahmood
Stuart Bowman ... Stephen Hunter-Dunn
Paul Ready ... Rob MacDonald
Gina McKee ... Anne Sampson
Ash Tandon ... Deepak Sharma
Timothy Knightley ... SO15 Control
Jonathan Nyati ... MASTS
Mark Holgate ... ARV Leader


With the UK terror threat level raised to severe, Home Secretary Montague holds secret meetings with the Director General of the Security Service, side-stepping her own Minister for Counter Terrorism and the Police. Specialist Protection Officer Budd is on high alert as Secretary Montague's hard-line stance on national security propels her further into the public eye. With his home life becoming more difficult, it appears as if Budd's natural animosity towards the Home Secretary is beginning to fade. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

27 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?


"Pascoe House" is actually 20 Old Bailey, London, England UK, the lettering on the building is "Twenty" in real life. Opposite is actually the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court. See more »


At the end of the episode when Julia and Sgt.Budd enter their separate rooms, the scene changes to show both characters taking off their jackets. In the first scene with Julia, she clearly takes off her jacket and places it on top of a nearby sofa. During the next scene with Julia, she is shown taking off her jacket and placing it again. See more »


[last lines]
Julia Montague: [both panting] My job, your job. It just complicates everything.
David Budd: Nothing complicates my job.
[she moans]
David Budd: It's to protect you.
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24 October 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

If the first part was good, and gripping, then the second part is literally off the scale. The most gripping thing I've sat through since watching Line of Duty Series 3. Mercurio strikes again delivering shocks, twists, turns, and of course action. There is a relevance with this episode, which I found a little terrifying, the use of a van as a weapon, the apparent back biting and corruption that occurs at a high level, and the obvious favours for friends that goes on.

The complexity of relationship between David and the Home Secretary is what stands out most in this episode, I didn't see this panning out as it did. Everything I thought was going to happen now can't. It of course raises questions, number one being is the Home Secretary in danger, or is she the danger?

Superb production values, and a degree of acting that should gain awards, Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden are of course terrific, but a special mention for Gina McKee, I have a feeling she'll be a dark horse in this series.

Fabulous entertainment. 10/10

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