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Series Review

Binge alert! Drama series 'Bodyguard' is a serious nail-biter

The British home secretary is a tough and unbending woman, but she and her bodyguard get close in this sleek Netflex thriller, writes Jennifer Platt

21 October 2018 - 00:00 By Jennifer Platt

I don't know how the Brits did it - waiting week after week in suspense for the next episode of Bodyguard. And they did this for six weeks! Crazy. It's one of those TV shows that you have to binge, and thank goodness you can do that now on Netflix.
If you still don't know what the fuss is about, Bodyguard is not a series about the Whitney Houston-Kevin Costner film. Sorry. It is, however, the biggest drama to hit the UK in more than a decade. Now even the box set (like it's 2013) is setting records in Britain.
Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty) is the mastermind responsible for this nail-biting, propulsive and sleek thriller. It stars Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty, Death at a Funeral, Spooks) as the formidable British home secretary Julia Montague and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as the intense David Budd, a police officer who has been assigned to Montague as her (very) close protection officer.
The beginning is frenetically good. We first meet Budd on the train going back to London with his two young children. Ever diligent, he spots a man destroying a cellphone and sim card before boarding the train. He notices that the train security is looking at particular people who are on the train. He quickly puts two and two together and realises that there is danger. In the bathroom he finds Nadia, a woman who has been strapped in a suicide vest and is scared out of her wits. He talks her down and becomes a hero...

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