In UK politics, the home secretary is responsible for all internal (as opposed to foreign) affairs, including immigration, policing, national security and counter-terrorism. It is one of the most important roles in UK government.
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When it comes to Bodyguard, the job becomes even more relevant, as much of the action revolves around perceived terrorist threats, public safety and possible corruption in the police and secret services.
At first the story seems to be about whether bodyguard Budd can put aside his personal antipathies and fulfil his professional duty to protect Montague.
“There is an apparatus set up to protect politicians,” series creator Jed Mercurio tells Radio Times, “but those within that apparatus will have their own political views. I’ve got mates who are police officers and mates who are in the military and they often have a very different view to the policy they’re asked to carry out.”
However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg in a series full of major twists and turns.
If you’re coming to the series fresh however, be warned: there will be lots of spoilers online following the series’ airing in the UK. And given writer Mercurio’s tendency to kill off major characters in his dramas, be careful what you click on.
From here on in, we’ll link to episode recaps that contains spoilers.
Creator Mercurio however has been keen on the idea of a second series of Bodyguard since the very beginning. Speaking on set, the showrunner said, “I really do love doing returning series, so if this is successful, and people stick with it, then it would be great to do more.”
“You have to wait until the end because anything can happen,” he said. “Some shows do nosedive at the end, or some piece of content could become incredibly controversial and affect the way the show is seen. In the end, you have to accept that the broadcaster holds all the cards.”
The ending of season one sees Budd finally agreeing to go to therapy for his PTSD, taking the first step towards recovery.
Although it’s possible that a second season could introduce an entirely new bodyguard as the main character, at the moment it looks like Mercurio is hoping to get Budd back – and perhaps give him a new “principal” to protect.
“He’s the genuine article, a real leading man. And I think this role has put him very much in the spotlight for bigger things,” the screenwriter told Radio Times. “So the practicality may be that we have to work round his availability, if we are lucky enough to get him back.”
However, Budd is just one thread in the story of a political scandal that has far wider implications – so perhaps the series will follow that trail of corruption further?