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Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden star in BBC's new political thriller Bodyguard; Line of Duty fans are in for loads more nerve-shredding action as the hit show's creator brings us more high-octane thrills.

Byline: Neil Batey

This new six-part drama by Jed Mercurio kicks off with 21 minutes that will immediately put you on edge -- if not over it.

As the seconds tick by, off-duty bodyguard David Budd goes from dad to hero. While taking his children home on the train he's forced to confront a possible suicide bomber.

His heroics earn David (Richard Madden fromGame of Thrones) a promotion from keeping foreign dignitaries safe to working as a police protection officer for an MP. And no ordinary MP either -- Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes), who is right at the centre of the response to the national security threat.

At first she's dismissive and rude to him. But when he whips off his shirt to replace hers after coffee is spilt on it her animosity melts.

But by the end of episode one, there are signs that David isn't the right person to be protecting the minister. He's an Iraq War veteran with PTSD and blames the horrors of combat for the breakdown of his marriage. Then he starts obsessing about Julia's pro-war policies.

David is responsible for her safety, but she might need protecting from him...

'Could he be involved in the jeopardy against Julia?' hints Jed.

'There's a lot that's unknown,' agrees Richard. 'Even I didn't always know during filming who is good or bad.'

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There will be plenty of twists and turns -- and plenty of action for Richard. 'There's some brilliant jumping and running and use of firearms,' he says.

And it was a welcome change of pace for Keeley after family drama The Durrells. 'It's such an exciting role... I jumped at it after being Mrs Durrell with my apron,' she says.

At the end of those first 21 gripping minutes the audience might be clinging to those apron strings...

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Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes in nerve-shredding new thriller series, Bodyguard. Will he take a bullet for the Home Secretary?

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'Where's Whitney Houston gone?' Bodyguard star Richard Madden looking swarthy as protection expert David Budd

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2018
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