Netflix Just Picked Up a Huge New Series

'Bodyguard' premieres on the streaming service Oct. 24
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2018 10:55 AM CDT
It's the Biggest Drama in the UK in a Decade, and Netflix Just Picked It Up
Actor Richard Madden poses for photographers during the presentation of the film 'Cinderella' in Madrid on March 16, 2015.   (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)

Bodyguard premiered on BBC One recently to the highest launch numbers for any new drama on any UK channel in a decade—and Netflix just picked it up. The "terror thriller," as Deadline describes it, is about a war veteran assigned to protect the home secretary in his role as a specialist protection officer with London's Metropolitan Police Service. It stars Game of Thrones' Richard Madden as the officer and Line of Duty's Keeley Hawes as the politician. Variety reports that it has retained large audience numbers through its first five episodes. "Bodyguard has gripped the [UK] with its twists and turns. It's a perfect example of a show produced locally [that] has huge global appeal," says the studio president. "Through our partnership with Netflix, we can't wait for audiences around the world to enjoy the show as much as audiences here in the UK." It premieres on Netflix Oct. 24. (Read more Netflix stories.)

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