Jed Mercurio pens new thriller Bodyguard for BBC One

Line Of Duty team reunite for new drama

Jed Mercurio

BBC One has commissioned a brand new six-part drama Bodyguard, created and written by Jed Mercurio and produced by World Productions – the team behind critically-acclaimed drama series Line Of Duty.

Bodyguard is a contemporary thriller featuring the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch (RaSP) of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. Set in and around the corridors of power, this original drama tells a fictional story following a team of RaSP officers whose duties involve protecting royals, politicians and diplomats. The team is led by a Specialist Protection Officer, the Bodyguard of the title, a heroic but volatile Gulf War veteran expected to lay down his life for the powerful – whether they deserve it or not.

Writer Jed Mercurio says: “I’m immensely flattered by the unstinting support my work has received from Charlotte Moore and the whole BBC Drama Team. I’m grateful for the opportunity to create a brand-new thriller series for the BBC and looking forward to continuing my collaboration with Simon Heath and Priscilla Parish at World Productions and Stephen Wright at BBC Northern Ireland.”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, says: “Jed Mercurio has created an original and modern take on the crime genre for BBC One. In his own unique and clever way, the series takes us into the corridors of power in thrilling style – all seen through the eyes of the bodyguard.”