May 21, 2019

The BBC’s Best Drama in Years Comes to Netflix

“On a visit to the U.K. this September I found a nation gripped by a BBC series called Bodyguard. But I had to fly back to New York, livid and thwarted, before the final episode aired. Thankfully, the show has now hit Netflix in the U.S., and we are soon to discover if America will also thrill to this tale of terrorism, policing, and PTSD.

Bodyguard begins with one of the most electrifying opening episodes of a TV show in recent memory. David Budd (Richard Madden, aka Robb Stark from Game of Thrones) is a beautiful Scottish man on a train to London with his two young children. A rustle of confusion blows through the carriage, and he realizes that something’s up. He informs the train’s conductor that he’s a policeman and former army soldier, and that he can help. There’s been a bomb alert, the conductor stutters, and he takes over. After a tense hunt, Budd finds a young woman in a hijab named Nadia shivering with terror in a bathroom, strapped into an explosive vest.

Budd begs her to trust him, shows her pictures of his young kids. As Nadia sobs and grips her detonator with a shaking hand, he promises that she’ll be okay. Counter-terrorism agents stop the train and level their guns at her. Budd holds Nadia in his arms in a terrifying dance, protecting her from the kill shot.”

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