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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bodyguard is a political suspense series about an officer of the British Protection Service who is assigned to protect a controversial government official. Bloody gun violence includes a harrowing automatic weapon assault and a suicide attempt. Terrorist bombings, including one at an elementary school, are a major plot point. Serious and complex in tone and plotting, Bodyguard will appeal to older teens who enjoy the political espionage of Homeland or Madam Secretary.
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What's the story?
BODYGUARD follows heroic London police sergeant David Budd (Richard Madden) as he gets promoted to a security detail protecting British Home Secretary Julia Montague, an ambitious, pro-military politician. As a recovering victim of PTSD from his time in Afghanistan, Budd vehemently disagrees with Montague's politics, but is sworn by duty to protect her. As her extreme anti-terrorism agenda raises her public profile, Montague becomes a target for assassination. But are her most dangerous enemies actually inside her own government? And is Budd's investigation more about covering his own tracks than uncovering the culprits responsible for targeting his boss?
Is it any good?
Smart, tense, and full of twists, this series rewards attentive viewers with a dense mystery that doesn't insult their intelligence. In fact, its use of British police acronyms and government jargon (consider looking up the word "kompromat" before watching) will challenge even the most astute among the audience. That being said, this series keeps the suspense cranked up and is never dull, ponderous, or pretentious. In a television landscape peppered with increasingly dumbed-down crime shows, Bodyguard stands apart from the field by being serious without being solemn, political but not preachy, and surprising while never resorting to preposterous plot twists or illogical character motivations. It's riveting.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Budd's personal conflicts in Bodyguard and the tension between duty and belief. What are some other occupations where that kind of conflict could exist?
Why do you think so many TV shows are set within complicated political regimes? What's interesting about the world of politics?
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