Bodyguard: Series 1 (2018)

Series 1

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



Critic Ratings: 68


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User Ratings: 1792
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Air date: Aug 26, 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.


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 (68) | Top Critics (22)

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…

She's older, upper class, English, and female; he's younger, working class, Scottish, and male. There's 50 shades of "ma'am" in the way he addresses her.

Oct 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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…
Top Critic

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…

I can't wait to see what happens next. However, I do wonder about some of the casting. Though Madden can be rather wooden, that doesn't matter a jot here.

Aug 29, 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

Six hours of a magnificent police drama. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Bodyguard adds to a long and damaging media trend of depicting brown people as terrorists.

Aug 18, 2019 | Rating: C- | 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…

While Bodyguard is being billed as a thriller, at its core it's that old favourite of the British isles, the police procedural - and crucially, even when it's just going through the procedures, it stays engaging.

Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bodyguard: Series 1

  • Nov 20, 2019
    i love the cinematography although the story is kinda slow at first. it can be a movie but i think being a series is necesary to explore the relationship between budd and julia
  • Oct 28, 2019
    Just finished watching the first season and this is one of the best series I've seen. Nerve-racking!
  • Sep 26, 2019
    The show is captivating and leaves the watcher wanting the next episode. VERY well written, and action-packed! This show is FAR from predictable, and I'm quite ready for Season 2!
  • Sep 11, 2019
    Amazing performances and nail biting action with twists and turns.
  • Sep 10, 2019
    Certainly binge watch material, but a bit slow at times.
  • Aug 29, 2019
    'Rob Stark' is now just one of Richard Madden's great characters. More will surely follow.
  • Aug 23, 2019
    At first I thought that some of the earlier episodes were too slow to pad the runtime, like many Netflix shows tend to be. But after the turning point about halfway through they started bringing back many points established earlier during the slower parts. Instead of using a political drama to make a political statement, they instead use it to set the stage for the intricate story they're telling. Usually a movie has to invent shoddy reasons for a character to hide something from his companions, but here the show has time to clearly show who each character is wary of, to what extent, and why. Closest comparison: It's like a Tom Clancy movie with the action from one movie stretched out over six episodes. Setting: Modern Plot: Thriller Tone: Drama
  • Aug 22, 2019
    The plot turned out to be somehow interesting and it definitely caught my attention, cast members did a pretty solid job. Unfortunately, this series is no exempt of current UK's PC culture which can be clearly seen at some scenes where the police identify a middle eastern terrorist as Asian, this is a pretty good example of what's happening at the UK.
  • Aug 11, 2019
    Absolute must see! So well done and a very good plot. All of the actors did an amazing job with the characters! Absolutely so good to watch and very entertaining! People who say it was boring in the beginning, the beginning rounds out the plot it speeds up later in the show!
  • Aug 09, 2019
    The first season of Bodyguard was gripping and addicting. It kept me on the edge of my seat for six episodes. That doesn't even mention the undeniable chemistry between Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes. This is a must-watch.

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