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BBC political thriller part-filmed in Norfolk to hit the screens this weekend

PUBLISHED: 14:44 25 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:44 25 August 2018

Bodyguard - David Budd (RICHARD MADDEN), Julia Montague (KEELEY HAWES) - (C) World Productions - Photographer: Des Willie

Bodyguard - David Budd (RICHARD MADDEN), Julia Montague (KEELEY HAWES) - (C) World Productions - Photographer: Des Willie

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The BBC’s new political drama Bodyguard, parts of which were filmed in Norfolk, is about to hit the small screen.

Bodyguard -  David Budd (RICHARD MADDEN) - (C) World Productions - Photographer: Sophie MutevelianBodyguard - David Budd (RICHARD MADDEN) - (C) World Productions - Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian

The show’s cast - which includes Richard Madden from Game of Thrones and Keeley Hawes from Line of Duty, spent six days at the Mid-Norfolk Railway in Dereham earlier this year as part of the film shoot.

The production also brought more than 100 crew members and extras to the town, providing a boost to business and hotels.

The first episode in the six-part series will air on BBC1 on Sunday (August 26) at 9pm.

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The show tells the fictional story of a war veteran, David Budd, played by Madden, now working as a specialist protection officer for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

He is assigned to be the bodyguard to the home secretary, Julia Montague, a controversial politician intent on pushing a new counterterrorism bill through Parliament which would give the security service enhanced surveillance powers.

Her political ambitions make her a high-profile target.

Dedicated to his job but concealing deep resentment of politicians following his traumas in Helmand, David’s divided loyalties might make him Julia’s greatest threat.

-Are you planning to tune into Bodyguard? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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