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Bodyguard season 2: Everything you need to know

Contains spoilers for Bodyguard series one
 
Jed Mercurio’s Bodyguard gripped the nation with its debut series, becoming the most-watched BBC drama since 2008, so it’s little surprise a second season is already being talked about by fans and the show’s creators alike.
 
Before we get to that, let’s just recap series one, shall we? The dramatic finale episode saw senior police figure Lorraine Craddock being revealed as the corrupt cop who helped organised crime leader Luke Aitkens kill the home secretary, Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes), using explosives supplied by the deceptive Nadia.
 
Meanwhile, David Budd – played by Richard Madden – cleared his name, patched things up with his wife, Vicky, and began seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder following his time serving in the armed forces.
 
 
Bodyguard season 2: Is it going to happen?
 
Given series one was such a smash hit, gaining extremely impressive rating figures, it seems likely the BBC will want a second instalment to be commissioned.
 
Speaking to the Sun, the show’s creator Jed Mercurio has revealed that it’s not just a second series on the table. 

“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,” he said.

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Richard Madden as David Budd in Bodyguard season one

“If the ratings hadn’t been quite so high, then possibly everybody involved including the BBC would have said, ‘Well that was a nice little series but we’re just going to leave it at that and there won’t be any more’.

“So you are a hostage to fortune in that sense. And we do feel very privileged and fortunate that there’s been such a response that it gives us that opportunity to at least think about doing more,” he added.

Bodyguard season 2: Who will be in it?
 
Talking on This Morning, Mercurio spoke about getting the show’s lead Richard Madden involved with future series.

“Richard’s done a fantastic job on this and we’re all so proud of what he’s achieved and so pleased for him.
 
“He’s such a hard-working actor and such a lovely guy. It’s great that he’s getting all the attention that he deserves. [We] have to get into a conversation with Richard about whether he would be available to do another series,” the writer added.

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We know that Home Secretary Julia Montague (Hawes) won’t be back. Despite viewers guessing that her assassination wasn’t actually successful and suggesting Montague is alive and in hiding, Mercurio has confirmed she really is dead.

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We can assume that other important characters such as Vicky Budd, police commander Anne Sampson and new Home Secretary Mike Travis will re-appear for season two if it hits screens.

It’s fair to say Luke Aitkens, Lorraine Craddock and bomb-maker Nadia won’t be returning (unless we’re seeing them behind bars) given they were found to be behind Julia's death.

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Lorraine Craddock was found to be a corrupt police figure 

Bodyguard season 2: When will it be on TV?

If a second season is on its way, it won’t be anytime soon as Mercurio is busy for now with season five of his other hugely popular BBC series, Line of Duty.

“We’re going to be shooting right up until a few days before Christmas and doing all our editing early in the New Year so I’m full-time on Line of Duty,” he told the Sun.
 
This means it would be 2019 before work could begin on Bodyguard season two.


 
Of course, future series are also rather dependent on Richard Madden’s availability to film and with rumours flying that he’s firmly in the running to be the next Bond, his schedule might be busy for the foreseeable future. 
 
For now, we wait and see…
 
(Images: BBC)