Have you seen Bodyguard?

Have you seen Bodyguard?

Yes. Bodyguard was THE appointment tv show when it was on, so I watched it in real time.

It’s beautifully shot, fantastically tense (I don’t want to spoil which scenes, but there is a sequence in the third episode that I thought was particularly good) and Richard Madden is very, very strong, and the show does that almost non-existent thing of allowing multiple middle-aged women to be in the cast AND interact with each other. It also takes questions of mental health seriously, which is always refreshing.

The opening sequence also brims with the kind of confidence that buys shows a lot of goodwill.

However, at the same time, there are a couple of moments of just…embarrassing dialogue, there’s a kind of multiple conspiracy pile-up that I found quite confusing (and I’m usually good at keeping track of these things), and there were one or two character turns that I found rather undermotivated (which relates to the previous point). (There were other problems with those, that I won’t go into for fear of spoiling).

On a broader level, I felt it overplayed the level of hysteria you tend to get in the UK about terrorist attacks. Don’t get me wrong – I was here for the dreadful four month period of the Westminster, Manchester, and London Bridge attacks, which were then followed by Grenfell Tower, so I know exactly how hysterical the British media can get. But one of the advantages of the ‘stuff upper lip’ nonsense is that there is also a strong counterbalancing towards stoicism in the culture at those times (Grenfell being a partial exception, I think, because the loss of life was so horrifying, worse than any of the attacks, and mostly driven by government incompetence).

That said, it’s definitely worth a watch. And Richard Madden with his Scottish accent is always a pleasure (for me at least). But it definitely has its flaws.