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5 October 2017, 16:21
The dream team's new show sounds very juicy.
As DI Lindsay Denton, actress Keeley Hawes helped turn police corruption drama Line of Duty into unmissable viewing. Now she is reuniting with the show’s creator Jed Mercurio for a brand new thriller.
Called Bodyguard, it’s sadly not a remake of the classic 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
Instead, it tells the fictional story of David Budd (Richard Madden, Game of Thrones), a war veteran now working as a Specialist Protection Officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) of London’s Metropolitan Police.
According to the BBC, “When he is assigned to protect the ambitious and powerful Home Secretary Julia Montague (Hawes) whose politics stand for everything he despises, Budd finds himself torn between his duty and his beliefs. Responsible for her safety, is he actually her biggest threat?” Oooh, we’re intrigued already.
Keeley kept us guessing as the damaged DI Denton. [Credit: BBC]
The six-part drama was created and written by Mercurio, and will air on BBC1. As well as having worked with Keeley Hawes before, the seriously talented Mercurio woked with Richard Madden when the actor appeared in Mercurio’s saucy adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 2015.
“I’m delighted to be working with Richard Madden and once again with Jed Mercurio, and the hugely talented team behind Line Of Duty,” Hawes told the BBC. “Bodyguard is such an exciting project. I can’t wait to get started.”
Other cast members include Line of Duty and The Forsyte Saga’s Gina McKee, Peaky Blinders’ Sophie Rundle and Cucumber’s Vincent Franklin.
Richard Madden also said:“I’m very excited to be working with Jed Mercurio again and thrilled to be working with Keeley Hawes for the first time. Jed has created a remarkable story that resonates with the very heart of modern day London and real characters trying to survive in this world.”
Filming has begun in London, with a broadcast date still to be confirmed. We can’t wait to check out the show.