Bodyguard spoilers: Writer reveals meaning behind BBC drama’s title | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Bodyguard spoilers: Writer reveals meaning behind BBC drama’s title | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Jed Mercurio is fast becoming one of the best British TV writers working today, especially when it comes to TV crime dramas.

His previous series, Line of Duty, was a huge success and it looks like he’s going to follow it up with yet another hit in BBC One’s Bodyguard.

However, one thing that many viewers would have noticed is the title’s similarity to a very famous movie starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston called The Bodyguard.

Naturally, many people’s minds will be drawn back to Whitney’s iconic song for the movie, I Will Always Love You.

However, Jed recently revealed how they came up with the name.

“We talked about various titles, and that just seemed the most apt,” he simply told the press including after being asked to comment on the title.

Jed then went on to discuss why he chose to write a TV show from the perspective of a bodyguard, which isn’t a branch of the police force viewers are used to seeing on television.

In respect to this particular character [David Budd], he’s a specialist police officer, so he’s someone who’s joined the police but has specialist training,” explained Jed.

He continued: “And I guess it’s someone who’s quite a selfless character. Someone who’s fundamental role isn’t to investigate crime, but actually to protect an individual, which is what attracted me to setting a crime drama a branch of the police that doesn’t normally feature in crime.”

Jed also spoke of how they turned to real-life bodyguards to advise them on the show to make sure that everything was as authentic as possible.

“One of the advisors was a bodyguard. We had other temporary advisors who were bodyguards. We had lots of conversations about the role and about procedure,” replied Jed when asked whether he got to meet any real bodyguards.

The writer then spoke about the role of a bodyguard and the differences between being one in the UK and the United States.

“I guess that you hope when the situation arises that you exercise good judgment,” began Jed.

“I think if you look at how rare those incidents are, it’s hard to determine what could happen. I think that maybe on the American side they have much more experience of that sort of thing.”

He continued: “Over here, we’ve been very lucky that we’ve had very few incidents where specialist protection officers have been involved in close quarters with people trying to do harm.

“We’ve certainly had specialist protection officers at close quarters to people trying to deliver the Prime Minister with P45s. That’s about as far as it gets,” he finished.

Yet, Jed also highlighted the fact that he wanted to make David Budd’s (played by Richard Madden) character much more than just your typical bodyguard and wanted to really get under the skin of this character.

“I think that one of the things that you try to find in drama is what are the relatable characteristics, and I think that one of the things that Richard [Madden] and I talked a lot about on set is what grounds him as a person,” Jed explained during a Q&A.

“What’s interesting about this character is that he’s not an automaton. He’s not someone who thinks, ‘Ooh, if someone shoots at the principle, I know what I’ll do. I’ll jump in the way.’

“He’s actually someone who’s assessing whether that life is worth saving, and that’s obviously the heart of the drama,” he finished.

Bodyguard will premiere on BBC One tonight at 9pm.

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