When does Bodyguard start on BBC One, who’s in the cast with Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden and what is it about?

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LINE of Duty star Keeley Hawes is reuniting with the hit show’s creator, Jed Mercurio, for a new political drama.

Bodyguard is a new BBC One drama which promises much, but what’s it about and who else is in the cast? Here’s all you need to know…

Bodyguard is an upcoming six-part political drama for the BBC

What is Bodyguard and when will it air on BBC One?

Bodyguard kicked off on Sunday, August 26.

It continues tonight (Monday, August 27) at 9pm on BBC One.

The political thriller will focus on a heroic war veteran (Richard Madden) assigned to protect Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes).

The series will be available to watch via iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

Who is in the cast of Bodyguard?

TV veterans Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden lead an all-star cast that includes Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders), Gina McKee (Line of Duty), Rowena King (Trauma) and Vincent Franklin (Happy Valley).

Show creator Jed Mercurio said: “I’m hugely flattered by the superb cast who’ve joined Bodyguard, led by Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, both of whom I’m delighted to be working with again.”

Keeley Hawes is reuniting with the creative team behind Line of Duty
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Keeley Hawes

Reuniting with the team behind Line of Duty, Keeley Hawes plays the ambitious and powerful Home Secretary, Julia Montague.

The actress has said: “Bodyguard is such an exciting project. I can’t wait to get started.”

Keeley’s other screen credits include Doctor Who, The Vicar of Dibley, The Casual Vacancy and The Hollow Crown.


Richard Madden

Game of Thrones star Richard Madden will star in Bodyguard
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Best known for bringing the character of Robb Stark to life in Game of Thrones, Richard Madden will now be turning his hand to a more realistic style of political drama with Bodyguard.

Richard will portray David Budd, a heroic war veteran turned bodyguard tasked with protecting the Home Secretary despite opposing her politics.

His other screen credits include starring opposite Lily James in Disney’s 2015 live-action Cinderella movie.

What is Bodyguard about?

Following a successful stint in the military, veteran police officer David Budd is assigned as the lead protection officer to the current Home Secretary.

Julia Montague has been tasked with pushing through a counter-terror bill which will massively increase the range and scope of so-called ‘snooper’ powers.

Because of the controversial nature of the legislation and her own political ambitions, Montague is a high-profile target and requires around-the-clock protection.

The series focuses on the relationship between the two and Budd’s split loyalties between his duty and his own principles.