Bodyguard: Episode 1
October 3, 2018 9:22 AM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

A troubled war veteran, PS David Budd, is assigned to protect a controversial politician who may be the target of a terror plot.

After distinguishing himself by courageously neutralising a terrorist threat, troubled war veteran Police Sergeant David Budd of the Metropolitan Police's Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) is assigned as a principal protection officer to the home secretary, the Rt Hon Julia Montague MP.
Julia is a controversial politician intent on pushing a new counterterrorism bill through Parliament which would give the security service enhanced surveillance powers. Her political ambitions make Julia a high-profile target. Dedicated to his job but concealing deep resentment of politicians following his traumas in Helmand, David's divided loyalties might make him Julia's greatest threat.
posted by Stark (3 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This show feels like a rather higher budget season of Spooks, (including Keeley Hawes!) So I'm fully on board.
posted by BungaDunga at 9:30 PM on October 14, 2018

Bodyguard just got added to Netflix US this week (today, I guess). I'd added it to my queue from one of their 'coming soon' emails, and from having seen these episode threads get posted, but I haven't watched the trailer or read any reviews, just figured I'd give it a shot blind.

When it opened with a hijab-wearing potential suicide-bomber, I was kind of leery -- considering the local news today in NYC was of a slew of suspicious packages sent to prominent Democrats by presumably some right wing murderous fuckwits, I am not in the mood for some UK equivalent of 24's Jack Bauer. But it was clear pretty quickly that this is something else entirely, and I'm definitely hooked to see where it goes.
posted by oh yeah! at 6:16 PM on October 24, 2018

I just watched this, having only really seen a couple mentions this week that “this was a huge deal when it aired in the UK.” The first 20 minutes had me hooked like a prized trout, and it just kept going.

I’m particularly interested in the masculinity trap he’s in, and the ways all the elements of his life complicate it. The lingering horrors of whatever he experienced in war - the need to be stoic, vigilant, and even paranoid for his job - the need to provide for his family even though his wife is estranged and potentially replacing him.... What a fucking pressure cooker the writers have caught him in, and the production of the show brings it out well.
posted by dnash at 4:04 PM on October 28, 2018 [3 favorites]

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