Bodyguard (2018– )
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After rescuing a train from a suicide bomber, a Scottish Afghanistan War vet is assigned to protect the UK Home Secretary.


Thomas Vincent


Jed Mercurio (created by), Jed Mercurio




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Madden ... David Budd
Keeley Hawes ... Julia Montague
Sophie Rundle ... Vicky Budd
Pippa Haywood Pippa Haywood ... Lorraine Craddock
Paul Ready ... Rob MacDonald
Nicholas Gleaves ... Roger Penhaligon
Tom Brooke ... Andy Apsted
Vincent Franklin ... Mike Travis
Matt Stokoe ... Luke Aitkens
Matthew Stagg Matthew Stagg ... Charlie Budd
Bella Padden ... Ella Budd
Faraz Ayub ... Subject
Olwen May ... Guard
Linda Hargreaves ... Passenger
Renée Castle ... OFC


Whilst on a train with his two small children ex-soldier David Budd, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, successfully thwarts a suicide bomber. Arriving in London, he is appointed as bodyguard to Home Secretary Julia Montague, who has a brutally direct anti-terror policy. She is grateful to David for his action and opens up about herself but David's domestic life is not ideal and Chanel, a former employee whom Julia has sacked, is out for revenge. Meanwhile, David has a secret that he is keeping from his charge. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

26 August 2018 (UK) See more »


Box Office


£36,000,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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The night train sequence had originally been scheduled to be filmed aboard a train departing from London's Waterloo Station, but permission was revoked and the production relocated to Dereham in Norfolk to complete the sequence. See more »


After David's kids exit the police car, his son runs a couple steps too far past the sidewalk entrance to his house and quickly realizes his error and runs back towards his mother and sister. See more »


David Budd: You said it out in Helmand.
Roger Penhaligon: You say a lot of stuff when you've seen your best mates blown to pieces.
David Budd: That if you ever found yourself right beside one of those bastards that sent us out there, you'd just close your eyes and pull the trigger. You'd still have a face. I'd still have a family.
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24 September 2018 | by dncorpSee all my reviews

Having Served the U.S. Military at Afghanistan since 1983 (C.I.A. Operation Cyclone), and Iraq since 1982 (Iran Iraq Wars) as well as many Muslim Nations later on.

When confronted with a suicide bomber. Assess if they are indeed a suicide bomber. Assume that they are, before assuming they are not.

If they are cooperative, have them sit down. Observe what kind of trigger they have, pressure switch or pressure release switch. If a pressure release switch you must grasp their hand and fingers to stop them from releasing pressure, duct tape over their fingers and hand so that they cannot release pressure. If a pressure switch and they are not cooperative you must stop them from applying pressure to the switch even if this means breaking all their fingers, hand and wrist so that they cannot push the switch.

Make sure there is no remote activation device (radio, cellphone). There is a proven series of procedures to "Render Safe" this. Including blocking all radio frequencies going to the bomb's receiver, transceiver.

From experience, examine the explosives. Remove all the electric detonators, wrap them in cloth (not nylon nor plastic that will cause static electricity and detonate), make sure that there are NO hidden detonators, there will be two wires per detonator. As far away from the detonators as possible one by one cut each of the wires to the detonators at different lengths (DO NOT CUT BOTH WIRES AT THE SAME TIME), tape over each end. Put each of the detonators on the ground, as far away as possible.

Partially remove the explosives if possible, examine the explosives for any hidden detonators, if none, remove the suicide vest. The triggers, booby traps, will send electricity to nothing since you removed the electrical detonators.

Removing the power (electricity, battery) is NOT advised as there are different kinds of electrical relays, cutting the power may cause a relay to close and send electricity to the detonators.

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