Bodyguard: What the critics are saying

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The BBC’s latest drama, the Bodyguard, has debuted to largely positive reviews from the critics.

Richard Madden, David Budd, a troubled war veteran who is hired to protect a controversial politician plays.

The Daily Telegraph said Michael Hogan, it was “riveting” and he “had to be me, breathe on his own remember”.

“Starting with a suicide-bomb attack, and always breathless, that was a edge-of-the-seat, shush-the-family fare.”

Daily Express critic Molli, Mitchell also remembered the “intense” opening scene, and compared it with “something like a Jason Bourne movie”.

You wrote: “The opening scene of the Bodyguard was all too real, and the message is all too familiar for a country whose terrorist-level threat is currently at severe.

“However, the authenticity of the card is what makes it a truly terrorizing thriller.”

The Guardian’s Lucy Mangan gave it five stars and wrote: “The first 20 minutes of the Bodyguard would not be a pure James Bond, if it bends for fear and doubt, Budd, as he is in preparing his spin or his salvation.

“At the end of the last night, the result of opening, it was clear that he has created something so dark and moreish as ever.”

And if the tweets have nothing to go to, it doesn’t seem like the Bodyguard is not for the faint of heart:

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Morgan Jeffrey of Digital spy also saw a bit of Bond in Budd wrote: “in a sovereign and powerful if the job requires it, but also painfully vulnerable behind the confident facade, Madden Budd is not Superman: despite the gun and the suit, there is very little of James Bond in this nuanced portrayal of a deeply troubled war veteran.”

Metro Sarah Deen suggested that the drama came “at just the right time” – and wrote: “What is the Bodyguard makes it so disturbing is that it is grounded in the reality of events that could happen. Happens.”

And she also had praise for the series ” writer, Jed Mercurio: “It is typical for Mercurio long, close-ups, frantic expressions, silence says more than words.

“And the horror, although it is averted, is taking place on something as trivial as a train, something that millions of us do every day.”

BuzzFeed UK Scott Bryan also Mercurio ability adds, “take it to the absolute max it can go – slowly turn the screw, really building the tension and never always incredible, and never jumping the shark”.

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Line of Duty is Keeley Hawes compared to Madden, as Minister of the interior, Julia Montague, the very different views on the war in comparison with Budd.

In the first episode, we will come to find that they voted consistently for military action in the Middle East.

However, heat magazine’s Boyd Hilton points out that the show “makes any political statement”.

“It is easy in this world of politics and this is a very interesting relationship between someone who has been in the wars, the politicians allow it to happen, and this is especially the politicians themselves.”

The show’s Creator and writer Jed Mercurio said the idea for the Bodyguard began out of the desire to do something within the political world.

“With my experience in the line of duty, I was aware of the different specialisations within the police, so the idea of a specialist protection unit, which looks after the politicians, diplomats and royalty, felt like a really good area of the story.”

The six-part drama which debuted on BBC One on Monday night an audience of 6.7 million viewers – draws a peak of 6.9 million viewers, making it one of the biggest TV-drama that starts in the year.

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