BODYGUARD’s David Budd would never have been allowed to protect the Home Secretary in real life because he suffers from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to Tony Blair’s former Head of Protection Frank Armstrong.
The ex police chief chatted to This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield about fundamental flaws in the smash hit BBC series today.
He said the show delivered gripping entertainment, however Budd (Richard Madden) and his back story lacked credibility.
He said: “I think because, to be a protection officer and certainly in such a key position, there is a very high level of vetting. Your background is really looked into, all the checks are made.
“I don’t think he would have passed muster. He would have been put out early on.
He went on: “If there is a series two, there are a couple of issues that need resolving there. One, if that did happen (the affair), he would be off protection duties, secondly, the illegal firearm he had in his possession, we don’t have things like that stashed in our homes.”
Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson agreed, and said he spotted errors thanks to his own experience of being protected by security.
Johnson, who was Labour Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010, said: “Very early on, David was in a restaurant, and there were two security people sitting in the cafe, and they weren’t eating or drinking anything.
“Of course that wouldn’t happen, they would blend into the background and they would have to look like other diners, eating dinner.”
Despite their expert verdicts, the drama, which also stars Keeley Hawes, has become a ratings smash, with more than 10million tuning in every week.
Actors Stuart Bowman (Stephen Hunter Gunn) and Stephanie Hyam (Chanel Dyson) also appeared on This Morning and said they haven’t been told about a second series – yet.
However, creator Jed Mercurio reckons the BBC1 hit will return for plenty more outings after a successful first run.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun’s Bizarre ahead of last night’s finale, he hinted it will mirror his other BBC cop drama Line of Duty. That has had four series and will get at least two more.
Jed said of Bodyguard: “We have been very fortunate with the success of series one.
“It’s probably fair to say we would probably approach any thoughts of a second series with the idea that it would create an opportunity for a third or fourth.”
We had the first three episodes and then we got to the end of that, filmed that, still didn’t have the second three, and there’s a bit where longcross says ‘shall we put a plan in place’ and I thought, well I did it.
I had to go, Jed was it me?? He said, ‘no mate’
I don’t know if even if Jed has had talks, but hopefully