Mad­den con­firms year- long ‘ va­ca­tion’ be­fore new Body­guard se­ries plans

The Scotsman - - NEWS DIGEST - By KEIRAN SOUTH­ERN

Body­guard star Richard Mad­den said he is ex­cited to work on a sec­ond sea­son – but his char­ac­ter David Budd first needs a well- de­served hol­i­day.

The po­lit­i­cal thriller be­came the UK’S most watched drama since records be­gan when its fi­nale hit screens in Oc­to­ber last year.

But Mad­den con­firmed fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with se­ries cre­ator Jed Mer­cu­rio, the pair had de­cided to give it at least a year be­fore get­ting back to­gether.

Fans and crit­ics were hooked on the six-episode se­ries, which saw Mad­den’s pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer try­ing to pre­vent Kee­ley Hawes’ di­vi­sive home sec­re­tary from com­ing to harm. Since Body­guard ended, view­ers have called for Mer­cu­rio, who is also be­hind an­other mega hit Line Of Duty, to write a sec­ond sea­son.

Speak­ing at an event in Los An­ge­les or­gan­ised by Net­flix, which streams the show over­seas, he said: “We’ve been talk­ing about it and I spoke to Jed about a month af­ter the show had fin­ished air­ing over in the UK and we sat and de­cided ‘ let’s give it at least a year while we work out how to do some­thing bet­ter’.

“A cou­ple of things – you can­not jump into it. David Budd def­i­nitely needs a va­ca­tion af­ter that. He’s not go­ing to go back to work, is he? And also he’s the most fa­mous man in Lon­don be­cause of what hap­pens at the end of episode six. He couldn’t just go straight back into work.

“And me and Jed both agree that there’s some­thing much more in­ter­est­ing in ‘ let’s catch up with him 18 months later, two years later af­ter this has hap­pened and say where is he now? What’s hap­pened to him?’

“And we don’t want to do a dis­ser­vice to what the first sea­son was, which was new and dif­fer­ent and great, and not fall into a for­mula, so I await the Jed ge­nius to come in with what’s go­ing to be ex­cit­ing.”

Mad­den, who won a Golden Globe for his por­trayal of Budd – an Afghanista­n veteran who suf­fers from post- trau­matic stress dis­or­der – said of play­ing the char­ac­ter again: “I am fas­ci­nated by this char­ac­ter and have been since I first picked up that script.”

0 Richard Mad­den won a Golden Globe for Body­guard

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