Bodyguard: brand new trailer; air date confirmed

Keeley Hawes is the British Home Secretary in an intriguing new BBC series from Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio. Here's the new trailer...

Line Of Duty has been one of the very best British TV shows over the last few years, so you’ll probably be happy to hear that there’s another original series from its creator, Jed Mercurio, on the way from the BBC.

Six part drama Bodyguard is set to air on Sunday the 26th of August at 9pm on BBC One, with episode two coming hot on its heels on Monday the 27th of August at 9pm. Episodes three to six will subsequently air in the Sunday night slot, starting from the 2nd of September. Here’s the Tweet from Jed Mercurio to that effect:

A brand new trailer for Bodyguard has also arrived….

Destined for BBC One, the six-part series stars Keeley Hawes (High Rise) as the British Home Secretary, and Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones) as her bodyguard (natch).

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Here’s the official synopsis…

Set in and around the corridors of power, Bodyguard tells the fictional story of David Budd (Madden), a heroic but volatile war veteran now working as a Specialist Protection Officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) of London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

When he is assigned to protect the ambitious and powerful Home Secretary Julia Montague (Hawes), Budd finds himself torn between his duty and his beliefs. Responsible for her safety, could he become her biggest threat?

Jed Mercurio said this about his new show:

“I’m immensely flattered by the unstinting support my work has received from Charlotte Moore and the whole BBC Drama Team. I’m grateful for the opportunity to create a brand-new thriller series for the BBC…”

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

Bodyguard air date

Sunday the 26th of August at 9pm on BBC One, then Monday the 27th of August, then Sunday nights from the 2nd to the 23rd of September.