Bodyguard: Series 1 (2018)


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Critic Consensus: Bodyguard maintains a palpable tension throughout its pulpy proceedings to create an absorbing and addicting psychological thriller.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 26, 2018
2
Air date: Aug 27, 2018
3
Air date: Sep 2, 2018
4
Air date: Sep 9, 2018
5
Air date: Sep 16, 2018
6
Air date: Sep 23, 2018

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David Budd (Richard Madden), a military veteran who fought in the Middle East, prevents a suicide bomber from blowing up a train, allowing the arrest of the terrorists who planned the attack: due to his heoric act, he's promoted to the role of bodyguard for Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes), a conservative and controversial politician. In Season 1, the relationship between the two starts out as very tense because of their differing views, but they learn to trust each other. Meanwhile, Budd also has to deal with personal demons: his PTSD and the strained relationship with his wife.

Cast

Stuart Bowman
as Stephen Hunter-Dunn
Tom Brooke
as Andy Apsted
Claire-Louise Cordwell
as Kim Knowles
Vincent Franklin
as Mike Travis
Nicholas Gleaves
as Roger Penhaligon
Keeley Hawes
as Julie Montague
Pippa Haywood
as Lorraine Craddock
Stephanie Hyam
as Chanel Dyson
Richard Madden
as David Budd
Gina McKee
as Anne Sampson
Paul Ready
as Rob Macdonald
Richard Riddell
as Tom Fenton
Sophie Rundle
as Vicky Budd
Shubham Saraf
as Tahir Mahmood
Matt Stokoe
as Luke Aitkens
Ash Tandon
as Deepak Sharma
Nina Toussaint-White
as Louise Rayburn
David Westhead
as Prime Minister
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Critic Reviews for Bodyguard Series 1

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (15)

It's two things at once - the list of who did what and the reminder of what happened - and it feels nicely succinct. Like everything else about "Bodyguard," including its hero, the opening is taut.

Nov 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Bodyguard remains a gripping and thoroughly entertaining adventure that's emotionally deft, but that clumsy ending dims its overall excellence.

Oct 25, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Bodyguard is a perfectly calibrated thriller that cleverly builds up the tension so you're always questioning what you see and hear, puzzling over everyone's motivations and real loyalties, and to hook you from beginning to end.

Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

More concerned with being a good ride than exploring character or politics, the show is awash in a timely cynicism.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…
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To watch Bodyguard's six episodes is to suspend disbelief and submit to its surprises. It helps not to expect too much more than that, particularly when it comes to the show's lavish employment of archetypes.

Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…

One nagging plot hole doesn't detract from the momentum, and it's almost uncanny how deftly the series shifts the weight of the viewer's suspicions without coming off too tricksy. Good stuff.

Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Well written, cleverly plotted, and bingable as hell, Bodyguard is a riveting six-hour watch.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

The more ridiculous and far-fetched Bodyguard becomes, the more I am gripped.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

A taut limited series from the UK that will curl your hair; it is INTENSE. If you haven't seen it, hold a day to devote to six full length episodes on Netflix and expect to be deeply spooked.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, full of filler where there should be thriller, Bodyguard just can't get the job done, literally or figuratively.

Dec 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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