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Did you watch Bodyguard on BBC?

This past weekend, the finale of hit thriller Bodyguard peaked with 11 million viewers, becoming the biggest TV drama since Downton Abbey.

The episode is the biggest drama across all channels since much-loved period drama Downton Abbey aired in November 2011 on ITV, with 10.6 million viewers.

And it is the biggest BBC drama in 10 years, since the Christmas Day 2008 episode of Doctor Who, which attracted 11.7 million.

Excluding the World Cup, Bodyguard, starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, is the number one programme of the year.

The finale, which concluded with a revelation about the fatal explosion which killed Hawes’ character, had viewers gripped but divided by the ending.

Bodyguard is now in the top five most-watched dramas of the decade, alongside EastEnders, Coronation Street, Doctor Who and Sherlock. The penultimate episode was seen by 12.6 million, more than the combined audience for the royal wedding.

In an age where there is a huge variety of entertainment at our fingertips, it’s more difficult than ever to create a smash hit. Bodyguard managed to captivate and thrill viewers of all ages from around the country, thanks to its brilliant plotting and primetime slot.

What did you think? Did you watch the Bodyguard – was it worthy of the hype? Would you tune into a second series? Share your views at Silversurfers Speakers Corner.  

Did you watch The Bodyguard?

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julie63
30th Jan 2019
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annelaine
7th Dec 2018
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very poor ending. 7 out of 10
biker babe
11th Nov 2018
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Yes, i gave up after couple episodes, rubbish!
annelaine
7th Dec 2018
1
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We watched it to the end but mainly because it was the best on offer. Too many are too violent and explicit, prurient about violence and sex.
biker babe
7th Dec 2018
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Yes, i agree Annelaine, hubby watched the rest of it when i went out.
Onecott
25th Oct 2018
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Yes , I thought it was excellent
SovereignInventory
12th Oct 2018
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A good show, however not as good as Line Of Duty series
Veen
8th Oct 2018
1
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I did watch and liked it a lot. I’d love to see more ,about time .
Darkstar
4th Oct 2018
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Watched the first episode. The suicide bomber on the train would have been taken out. To far fetched for me.
SusanM93
3rd Oct 2018
2
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A really gripping drama - it kept you guessing right up to the end! Well done BBC..!
MrsPat
3rd Oct 2018
1
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Wonderful TV. that's more like the Beeb. Gripping and our whole family really enjoyed it.
viking
3rd Oct 2018
5
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Spend a bit more on a drama and look what you get. Everything was just brilliant.
Being pitched into 2019 with all the schnanigans that go on behind the scenes of government and the secret services it just made most of us wonder...........could it be nearly true ??
daughterofeve
2nd Oct 2018
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Jeanbuddha
2nd Oct 2018
5
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Loved it. Kept me guessing till the very end.
davehughes
2nd Oct 2018
5
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One of the best real dramas to be aired lately. The finale was certainly a masterpiece of television. The question as to whether Home Sec is in fact dead (a rumour put about by the BBC no doubt) means that a second series will be welcomed with anticipation of a repeat helping of BBC brilliance.
Lesley M
2nd Oct 2018
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Gripping drama but maybe a wee bit slow at times. Finale certainly kept us guessing right to the end.
JollyB
1st Oct 2018
5
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Would certainly watch a second series.
ElaineS26
1st Oct 2018
3
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Brilliant! Kept us on the edge of our seats. It does make you wonder about the deep seated corruption going on in government institutions!
wallers2
1st Oct 2018
2
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A brilliant drama, although slightly far fetched. Loved it.
teejay
30th Sep 2018
3
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Excellent viewing thoroughly enjoyed it.
Margaretmac
29th Sep 2018
1
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I was gripped from the 1st episode. The final episode was a bit drawn out and dare I say fanciful.
zabaglione
29th Sep 2018
2
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Very good drama. You didn't know who exactly to suspect. Would definitely watch a second series.
Coathamlass
29th Sep 2018
2
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Thoroughly enjoyed it . Rollercoaster ride from beginning to end & totally LOVED the actor playing the bodyguard!
grannyhelen
29th Sep 2018
1
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enjoyed the series but a bit OTT with response times for action
GrannyJack
29th Sep 2018
1
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Absolutely loved the series but the ending was a bit over the top with policemen with guns. Thought the ending a bit tame.
Jasper1
29th Sep 2018
2
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Brilliant . X can’t wait for second series as well as Line of Duty
KathT54
29th Sep 2018
1
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I didn't see that coming. Really good drama.
john-r-p
29th Sep 2018
1
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great series can't wait for more
DaveT2
28th Sep 2018
2
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Excellent drama, well written artistic license accepted. The experts will disavow but I will watch a sequel.
CarolM41
28th Sep 2018
1
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Very gripping. Kept you guessing right til the end.
Veteranwren
28th Sep 2018
2
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Absolutely thrilling, edge of seat stuff. Kept you guessing right to the end.
MargaretG5
28th Sep 2018
4
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Best series this decade! Yes, it isn't true life but brilliantly written and very intense
ElaineH
28th Sep 2018
3
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Loved the tension and the twists, just as gripping as the brilliant Line of fire, more please!
Asti0001
28th Sep 2018
3
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Big fan of Line of Duty and this didn’t disappoint. I held my breath for so long while he was disarming the bomb vest I almost passed out! And when he asked everyone to ‘get right back’ I knew he was going over the wall and I cheered! That’s great TV if you’re that involved!
Lorraine
28th Sep 2018
3
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I found it totally gripping but an ex policeman friend said that the PPO was very intensely vetted and they would spotted his PTSD and would not have considered him for this very stressful post. A point I am bound to agree with.
Sixty five alive
28th Sep 2018
1
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Brilliant programme! Left open for a second series, can't wait!
LizzieB63
28th Sep 2018
3
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Absolutely brilliant programme! Really enjoyed watching it and Richard Madden was ace 🙂
Nissie
28th Sep 2018
2
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Loved it hope there's another series
valerie 74
28th Sep 2018
2
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I really enjoyed it.
Good acting.
Fabally7
28th Sep 2018
2
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Great thriller - well acted - edge of your seat watching!
Kalkan Bella
28th Sep 2018
2
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Chrise68
28th Sep 2018
2
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Codger456
28th Sep 2018
2
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Very good, but the over-inclusion of female roles was typical of a BBC production
jeanmark
30th Sep 2018
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Sorry Codger456, I didn't see any female roles only roles played by females!
Beevy 1964
28th Sep 2018
3
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I really enjoyed bodyguard the edge of your seat drama looking forward to the new Line of duty written by the same person who wrote bodygaurd
Fevva
28th Sep 2018
2
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Compulsive viewing for me, and I will no doubt watch it again. Tense drama with lots of twists, but what I liked particularly was the human frailties and strengths of the main characters.
Marta53
28th Sep 2018
2
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mpaton
28th Sep 2018
3
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I enjoyed the fact that it held my interest right to the end. I was never sure what was going to happen next, (not least because some of the logic was a bit far fetched !).
NobbyC
28th Sep 2018
3
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The final episode was rather ridiculous and unrealistic. It fizzled out as though the writer realised that he had written himself into a mess and had no idea how to end the thing.
Robot
28th Sep 2018
3
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Unlike so many episode drama that are tense and then let down in the final episode Bodyguard delivered right to the end
Malcmister
28th Sep 2018
2
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Saw the first 10 minutes & turned it off, thought it was rubbish
granny 24
28th Sep 2018
3
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Loved the series but need to watch it again to pick up all the hidden clues and nuances. I hope there will be another series.
MorrisandDoris
28th Sep 2018
3
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Brilliant TV thriller, loved it. Very disturbing view though on the politicians of this country.
Honeypot61
28th Sep 2018
3
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Excellent. Extremely well acted and written, Thrilling, exciting the best drama recently on TV.
ElizabethH23
28th Sep 2018
1
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Thrilling! A gripping drama right to the very end!
sparrer
28th Sep 2018
3
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Not usually my sort of viewing but I was so gripped by this I didn't even answer the phone. It would be interesting to see where a second series could go, I'd certainly welcome one.
Mirfain
28th Sep 2018
2
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Well finally we had a grown up series worth watching. The writing was excellent, the acting brilliant, the story was credible with many good twists. Oh how I miss good television instead of all these silly reality shows !
granny 24
28th Sep 2018
4
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Totally agree with you Murfain x less “reality” shows which are nothing like reality!!
PaulineB14
28th Sep 2018
3
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Totally agree Mirfain, I for one am sick and tired of hearing about yet another "reality" show. Which in whatever format it's presented I have no interest in watching!!
LizzieClack
28th Sep 2018
1
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Good entertainment.
map1964
28th Sep 2018
3
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Very enjoyable - it's not an original thought from me I know, but it doesn't fill you with confidence in the powers that be!
annefitz
28th Sep 2018
2
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Was a bit disappointed in the ending despite having been hooked on the rest.
JanetP12
27th Sep 2018
4
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it was a very good drama from started to finish and yes for sure if a Secord series was made I would defiantly watch it
SaraF9
27th Sep 2018
1
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jeanmark
27th Sep 2018
4
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Enjoyed the programme and I wasn't too worried about how realistic people thought it was as it was a drama not a documentary. A nice change from soaps, reality programmes, singing or dancing programmes, dramas about missing persons/children and dramas with subtitles to name a few. At last, something I could watch!
Alicia
27th Sep 2018
0
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No, I do not watch rubbish !
fionaN
27th Sep 2018
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A good story line but not up to the hype. Would rather there had not been so many questions left unanswered. Even if there is a second series they take so
Long to come out that it is hard to remember the outstanding issues! Would not be bothered if there was another series. I am enjoying Killing Eve more!
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a few questions?? where did he get the flash car from? No punishment from the force?, for his disciplinary lapses?? how come he got a cut above the eye and Home secretary got killed? why didn't the special forces find his hide hole in his flat?? and the picture frame with Ipad hidden?? and lastly....shoot instruction ignored when they had plain sight and target??

Just me being a killjoy?? hahaha!!
granny 24
28th Sep 2018
0
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It’s not real!! Just entertainment and at least it got you thinking. X
Helen Highwater
27th Sep 2018
1
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It was an excellent drama, well-acted and kept me guessing until the end. Interesting in that all the main characters (apart from the eponymous bodyguard) were women, but the only person I trusted to be absolutely straight was Deepak Sharma!
RichardB256
27th Sep 2018
2
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DawnL
27th Sep 2018
2
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Collie
27th Sep 2018
2
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I totally enjoyed the series and looking forward to the next one.

Is it my imagination or is there a battle going on between the likes of NETFLIX x television? If that be the case I am enjoying the outcome and, long may it continue.
Mariner500
26th Sep 2018
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I watched only the first episode and found it so unrealistic that I didn't bother with the rest.
granny 24
28th Sep 2018
0
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It’s not supposed to be real it’s drama
Woodysmum
26th Sep 2018
3
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Outstanding tv, edge of the seat scenes, great acting. What more could you want? Would definitely watch a second series.
PatriciaW78
26th Sep 2018
1
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Enjoyed the drama Also the previous line of duty produced by the same person
DebJ
26th Sep 2018
2
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Fantastic, on the edge of your seat, holding your breath drama. Brilliant acting
Lynhowdill
26th Sep 2018
5
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Watched it on BBCi player on Monday after seeing all the hype about it. Started watching at teatime. Sat through the whole 6 hours before heading up to bed!
Excellent drama. Makes a change to see quality writing, acting and production values. Sick to death of there being nothing on TV but "reality" shows.
DeniseW77
26th Sep 2018
2
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Loved it so many twist and turns. Something to look forward to watching
HeatherF2
26th Sep 2018
2
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Had everyone talking about it! Brilliant storyline.
RuthT3
26th Sep 2018
5
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Best series for a long time. Gripping, different,
Very well written and acted.
LesleyKing
26th Sep 2018
3
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Great tv loved it i hope we have more to follow. So gripping
J of Kirton
26th Sep 2018
5
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A really gripping tale, loved every minute of it, not sure about a second series, if it would still hold my attention I don't know, but it
definitely gave a different view on terrorism.
Val S
26th Sep 2018
4
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Loved it! Very gripping. Best thing on TV for ages. Can't wait for another series!
MarionW7
26th Sep 2018
3
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Enjoyed it but wouldn't be bothered about another series
DavidS73
26th Sep 2018
4
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Terrific really enjoyed it. I think he would make a great James Bond.
EileenH18
26th Sep 2018
5
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Fantastic can’t wait for another series
[email protected]
26th Sep 2018
3
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Edge of seat great drama even though I couldn’t keep up with who was guilty of what at times! 2nd series would be good.
Billythequiche
26th Sep 2018
4
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Enjoyed it but must have fallen asleep when he moved the evidence from his boiler to a hole in the ground.
Best action programme on at the moment is No Offence. Each new series is better than the last.
Nannyrose
26th Sep 2018
3
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Agree with you about No Offence.
LynneD4
26th Sep 2018
2
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Good suspense - didn’t guess who the inside source was. Not sure if a second series would be feasible. Maybe with a different lead character?
Sara Hill
26th Sep 2018
4
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Ereiyam
26th Sep 2018
3
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Loved it. More please!
MargaretG12
26th Sep 2018
2
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Loved it. Can't wait for 2nd series
ElaineB19
26th Sep 2018
2
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Waiting for the second series
Anne28
26th Sep 2018
3
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Compelling viewing - loved it & would watch a 2nd series
CarolineCC
26th Sep 2018
3
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Loved it! It had everything! Series 2 please!
Poppyrose
26th Sep 2018
1
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I watched the first two episodes but it felt contrived and formulaic. I saw a clip of the last episode whipping off his coat to reveal the suicide belt but just started laughing, total nonsense - Now Killing Eve on the other hand was refreshing with it's brilliant writing and delicious intrigue, definitely worth watching.
cookiemonster66
26th Sep 2018
2
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I loved the backstabbing weasel of a politician for North Surrey on the show, me thinks they were hinting at Michael Gove LOL!
TriciaC
26th Sep 2018
2
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Loved it bring on series 2. Sunday nights will not be quite the same.
MaryP738
26th Sep 2018
3
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Retiredyorkie
26th Sep 2018
2
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Best dram that has been on TV for quite a long time, but a bit disappointed with the ending .... may be they will be another series ...I wait with baited breath ...
Jane46
26th Sep 2018
2
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It was good, but not that good
DawnC51
26th Sep 2018
3
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Best Drama for ages.
belvedere
26th Sep 2018
2
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BRILLIANT!! Waiting for the next series
Margaret Hart
26th Sep 2018
1
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Abso.utely brilliant drama could not have been better. I think any bets about endigs were lost. Please bring us more as good as this. I did think the Home Secretary was dead justt we’ll have to wait for the next series. The present Government would make a good drama as it certainly isn’t reality except in nightmares.
gilliey123
26th Sep 2018
2
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Excellent !! Enjoyed every moment , kept me guessing until the very end!! Bring on series 2!
JenniW
25th Sep 2018
1
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Brilliant drama, excellent acting, do hope there will be another series, still think the Home Secretary is alive!
PamelaP3
25th Sep 2018
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Do hope there will be another series with Sgt David Budd - best drama on TV since Downton Abbey, only better! Completely hooked.
DianneC5
25th Sep 2018
1
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Loved it! Hope there will be a second series
Wilma F
25th Sep 2018
1
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Excellent drama. Great acting. Roll on series2.
AliceC3
25th Sep 2018
1
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brilliant great love i
cookiemonster66
25th Sep 2018
1
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They killed Mrs Durrells!!!
Margaret Hart
26th Sep 2018
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She made a better Mrs Durrell.
JuneB4
25th Sep 2018
2
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Great series. The first 20 minutes of the first episode was the most gripping drama I've seen on tv for ages. I hope there will be a second series.
AndrinaB
25th Sep 2018
1
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Best drama I've watched in years and hope there's a second series.
MaureenM48
25th Sep 2018
1
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caroldiva59
25th Sep 2018
2
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BarbaraJ9
25th Sep 2018
1
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Really enjoyed it! Am a huge fan of Line of Duty so knew i wouldnt be disappointed!
SueW418
25th Sep 2018
1
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Brilliant edge of sofa drama.
DianeP6
25th Sep 2018
1
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Brilliant series. Guessed one of the women was involved but had no idea who the bomber was
PatC8
25th Sep 2018
1
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Brilliant Loved it. Hope there is a follow up series.
Widgey1
25th Sep 2018
2
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Loved it, but - I thought the last episode was disappointing. Almost as though Jed Mercurio ran out of steam. after the tense scene with David wearing an explosive device, the ending was a bit tame.
gilliey123
26th Sep 2018
2
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Don’t agree, there was tension all through and a surprise ending!
JeanD58
25th Sep 2018
1
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Absolutely loved it. Hope there will be a second series.
TeresaG3
25th Sep 2018
1
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Loved it!!! Look forward to the next series ♥️
JanYH
25th Sep 2018
1
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I thought it was a brilliant series, and will definitely be watching if there is a follow up.
JoyJ6
25th Sep 2018
1
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Great. Very gripping to watch.
shedbrewer
25th Sep 2018
1
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I thought there were long periods of inactivity in each episode, seems to be be the current norm in the way plays are produced.
Lborolass1
25th Sep 2018
1
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Absolutely brilliant. Non stop action from start to finish with loads of twists & turns. If there was another series could it be as good?
gilliey123
26th Sep 2018
1
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Probably- with Jed Mercurio writing- his Line of Duty got better and better!!
GillS9
25th Sep 2018
1
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I thought it was brilliant, looking forward to the next series.
bawbee
25th Sep 2018
2
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Excellent storyline and acting
JuneD8
25th Sep 2018
1
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Loved the story line a lot of twist and turns and hopefully can't wait for the second series
MaryD381
25th Sep 2018
2
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Lots of tension, unusual twists to the story line. Great acting, especially from the principle actor.
Heather mitchell
25th Sep 2018
2
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Enjoyed, however, 6 programmes could have been done in 4 in my opinion. Well acted by all involved.
Richard65
25th Sep 2018
0
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It would appear that you can please some of the people some of the time....

If Bassetts made TV programs would they suit allsorts? British TV at it's best. But for me, the best actress I've seen so far this year has been Jodie Comer, for role as Villanelle in Killing Eve. Brilliant
LynnJ5
25th Sep 2018
1
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Kept me hooked plus no adverts a bonus.
andbrown01
25th Sep 2018
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just another programe
GwenD
25th Sep 2018
2
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Really enjoyed this drama. Best one since broadchurch.
Wilf
25th Sep 2018
1
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Yes one of the best dramas in years. BBC is way ahead of the competition with these type of dramas
SylviaH87
25th Sep 2018
2
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I really enjoyed this serial. The ending was very dramatic and I found myself holding my breath.
kentrix39
25th Sep 2018
1
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Too boring when are the BBC going to make good use of the tax payers money. They are accountable to noone which will have to change they cannot get away with producing rubbish for the viewing public

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