Viewers were gripped on Sunday night by the 20-minute-long opening scene of BBC1’s new thriller Bodyguard, in which Richard Madden’s Army veteran tackled a terrorist onboard a train.
But while the general consensus seemed to be that the latest series from Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio was very promising, there was one area that sparked debate – the number of women seen in positions of authority or responsibility.
Keeley Hawes played Home Secretary Julia Montague, alongside a female police chief, suicide bomber, police markswoman, bomb disposal expert– not to mention train manager – and it had some viewers crying ‘political correctness gone mad!’.
PC gone mad…woman sniper, senior cop & bomb disposal officer?? where are all the guys? #bodyguard@BBCOne
…while others still suggested it was certain viewers, rather than the show’s creators, who needed to work on their outlook…
The number of people on twitter complaining about how many women are in positions of responsibility in #Bodyguard only proves how far we still have to go because apparently four is TOO FAR BBC, political correctness gone MAD to have a female train manager!
Am looking forward to watching and investing a lot in #Bodyguard, but am worried it has undermined its gritty realism early on by showing a train on course to arrive at Euston ON TIME. pic.twitter.com/dlgCyqvQ8s