Hi, my name is Amy and I’m one of the 11 million plus people who are currently obsessed with The Bodyguard.
Not the 90s movie with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston that gave us ‘And Iiiiiiiieeeyyyyyyiiiiiiiiiiii…’
No, I’m talking about the wildly popular BBC British crime drama that dropped on Netflix in Australia last week.
Labelled as the most successful British TV show of the last decade, not since 2008’s Dr Who Christmas Special or the final episode of Downtown Abby Season Two in 2011 have so many people tuned in to watch a finale of a TV show as they did when The Bodyguard wrapped up in the UK in September.
Following on from its home-grown success, all six episodes of The Bodyguard appeared on Australian Netflix accounts on Wednesday October 24.
Set in London in the present day, The Bodyguard centres around David Budd, played by Game of Thrones star Richard Madden (a.k.a Robb Stark), a war veteran now working in a police unit that provides protection details.
We first meet Budd on a dreary train travelling towards London with his two young children. After noticing suspicious behaviour in one of the carriage’s bathrooms, the off-duty officer finds himself in a terrorist situation involving a suicide bomber. The opening scenes are swift and tense, and completely effective in drawing you in for what will become a long afternoon of binge watching or late nights staying up for just one more episode.
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The events of those opening scenes tell us everything we need to know about Budd – he’s a man capable in a crisis and willing to put his life on the line for others, but not one without deep personal flaws. We learn he’s separated from him wife and is suffering from undiagnosed post traumatic stress syndrome from his military service.
Shortly after what becomes known as the October 3rd attack, Budd is promoted to the personal protection officer (PPO) for the Home Secretary Julia Montague. If you’re a fan of classic British dramas, you’ll recognise actress Keeley Hawes, who plays the UK’s equivalent of Australia’s Minister of Home Affairs, a politician responsible for issues of national security, law enforcement and cyber security policies.