BBC’s Bodyguard starts filming

Line of Duty A major new BBC One drama from the makers of Line of Duty has started filming in London.

Writer Jed Mercurio has once again teamed up with World Productions on the 6 x 60 political thriller which is set among the Royalty and Specialist Branch (RaSP) of London’s Met Police Service.

Showrunner Mercurio will executive produce alongside Simon Heath and Stephen Wright.

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The team at World Productions is also developing series 5 and 6 of Line of Duty, which Mercurio will start on in earnest once Bodyguard has been completed.

At a recent masterclass held at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Mercurio explained more about the chronology of writing the show: “Each new season has to be completely fresh, so for me, it starts with the new character. It probably does get a bit harder each time because we’ve done quite a lot of things already.

“I’ve made it clear that if I don’t get permission for two series ahead, we have to view the next series as the last because we have so many twists and turns.

“We don’t know how long we’ll go on for - the meta-narrative has been well-established now. In terms of the individual exit stories, that isn’t planned. We’ll develop those when we know how long we’ll go on.”

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