Bodyguard is confirmed as the biggest new UK show since 2006

Bodyguard is the biggest new UK drama to debut since 2006, the BBC has confirmed. The debut episode took a 40.9% of the audience share over the bank holiday weekend, with a consolidated figure of 10.4 million and continued to gain viewers on iPlayer. It's also the biggest new BBC One drama since 2002.

The show's creator Jed Mercurio made the following statement on Bodyguard's success.

"The success of Bodyguard is a tribute to the magnetism of our two leads, Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes.

"I'm exceedingly grateful to World Productions and to the BBC who have supported the project throughout production, and to the viewers who've responded with such enthusiasm."

You can catch up on our reviews of episode one here and episode two here. After a small delay, we'll have our thoughts on episode three up today.

Bodyguard airs on BBC One Sundays at 9pm.

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