WHODUNIT?

SPOILER ALERT! In the wake of the bomb blast, can DAVID BUDD dis­cover the truth?

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EVER SINCE HOME SEC­RE­TARY Ju­lia Mon­tague (Kee­ley Hawes) suc­cumbed to her in­juries and died in hospi­tal af­ter a bomb at­tack, her per­sonal pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer, David Budd, has been try­ing to find out who set off the lethal de­vice at the po­lit­i­cal event…

‘David is sus­pi­cious of every­body,’ ex­plains ac­tor Richard Mad­den, who plays him. ‘But that’s his job.’

GUILTY PARTY?

Budd first turns his at­ten­tions to a cou­ple of sus­pects. He tries to find out the true iden­tity of a mys­te­ri­ous man call­ing him­self ‘Richard Longcross’, who Budd knew Mon­tague had met up with shortly be­fore her death. This week, Longcross pays a visit to Budd’s es­tranged wife, Vicky (So­phie Run­dle)…

An­other sus­pect in Budd’s eyes is Roger Pen­haligon MP (Ni­cholas Gleaves), Mon­tague’s for­mer hus­band and the gov­ern­ment chief whip who be­came her po­lit­i­cal en­emy. Budd has a con­fronta­tion with him, where threats are made.

MYS­TERY MO­TIVES

Mean­while, Mon­tague’s feisty for­mer po­lit­i­cal as­sis­tant, Chanel (Stephanie Hyam), who was fired ear­lier in the se­ries for her in­com­pe­tence, tracks Budd down to a cof­fee bar, and be­gins to flirt with him, ask­ing for his mo­bile num­ber. How­ever, is there more to her mo­ti­va­tions than want­ing a date?

‘There are so many the­o­ries and counter the­o­ries,’ ex­plains Mad­den. ‘The view­ers will all be kept guess­ing, just as I was.’

With more than 10 mil­lion peo­ple tun­ing in for the first episode, the Jed Mer­cu­rio-scripted Body­guard – which con­cludes next week – has been called one of the big­gest dra­mas of the last decade. Mad­den says he’s de­lighted to be play­ing such an in­trigu­ing char­ac­ter as Budd, a for­mer Iraq War vet­eran who had se­cretly been hav­ing an af­fair with Mon­tague.

‘He’s very much the strong and silent type,’ says Mad­den. ‘I was at­tracted to the con­tra­dic­tions in David. There is a strug­gle go­ing on in­side him, but he’s a good man.’

DAVID BUDD (RICHARD MAD­DEN) AND JU­LIA MON­TAGUE(KEE­LEY HAWES)

ROGER PEN­HALIGON (NI­CHOLAS GLEAVES)

STEPHANIE HYAMAS CHANEL

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