A TV producer and novelist with military and medical backgrounds, Joe Mercurio created this slick series, already the most popular BBC production of modern times. Its depiction of Afghan war veteran-turned security specialist David Budd -- played in a star-making turn by Game of Thrones alumnus Richard Madden -- appeals to a post-Brexit audience suspicious of authority figures. When Budd is assigned to protect an ambitious Home Secretary, he’s equally alarmed by her right-wing agenda and her romantic interest in him.
A heroic but volatile war veteran works as a Specialist Protection Officer for London's Metropolitan Police Service. When he is assigned to protect the ambitious and powerful home secretary, he finds himself torn between his duty and his beliefs.
More concerned with being a good ride than exploring character or politics, the show is awash in a timely cynicism.