A former Home Secretary has revealed the ‘glaring’ plot hole in an early scene in BBC One’s gripping drama Bodyguard.
Alan Johnson, who held the position from 2009 to 2010 under then Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown, criticised a scene in the second episode when David Budd (played by Richard Madden) attended a dinner date with Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes) and didn’t eat anything himself.
Speaking on This Morning on Monday, following the popular BBC show’s gripping finale, Johnson, 68, said this would have made it too obvious that Budd was her bodyguard.
He explained that in reality Budd would have ‘blended’ into the background and pretended to be a regular diner so he would have looked inconspicuous to any potential dangers.
A scene in BBC One’s Bodyguard has been criticised by a real Home Secretary after David Budd watched his boss eat dinner (pictured right, played by Richard Madden) without eating anything himself
Alan Johnson, who held the position from 2009 to 2010 under then Prime Minister Gordon Brown, said that Budd’s decision not eat made it obvious that he was a bodyguard. Pictured: Johnson on This Morning on Monday
In the scene Julia was meeting her Special Advisor Rob Macdonald and expected her aides to turn up too, until he admitted he’d subtly tried to arrange a date between the two of them.
As the pair bickered over the situation the pair’s bodyguards were sat a few feet away at another table watching their every move and not talking among themselves.
When a waiter came over to offer them a drink Budd declined, which Johnson said just wouldn’t happen.
When asked about any mistakes in the show, he said: ‘There was one that was glaring very early on David Budd is in the restaurant with somebody else while the Home Secretary is having dinner, a very intimate dinner, and there are the two coppers plonked down at a table not eating or drinking anything.
Alan make the confession on This Morning while speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby (left and right), who are big fans of Bodyguard
John said that in reality Budd would have ‘blended’ into the background and pretended to be a regular diner so he would have looked inconspicuous to any potential dangers. Pictured: Keeley Hawes as Julia Montague in Bodyguard
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‘That wouldn’t happen because big signals are going off saying they’re bodyguards. What they do is blend in with the background.
‘Of course when you go for a meal they always come with you but they’re there looking like two other diners, so of course they have to order food.’
Last night viewers watched on the edges of their seats as the final episode of Bodyguard aired on BBC One.
The true identity of the female train bomber from the first episode, Nadia, who he believed he had saved, was revealed as the bombmaker who attempted to murder his own children.
Budd’s boss Chief Superintendent Lorraine Craddock had been working with organised crime boss Luke Akins to stop the home secretary from bringing in a bill that would monitor their activity
Fan theories had also been rife that the Home Secretary wasn’t actually dead, especially as viewers weren’t shown her demise on screen – but they were left disappointed she didn’t turn up in the finale
Another bombshell was that Budd’s own boss Chief Superintendent Lorraine Craddock, played a key role in Julia Montague’s death by leaking her itinerary to the organised crime bosses who would have her killed.
Viewers watched as Craddock had been delivering information to Luke Akins, an organised crime boss against the RIPA-18 bill led by the home secretary, which enabled him to execute the bomb attack in which she perished in the third episode.
Fan theories had also been rife that the Home Secretary wasn’t actually dead, especially as viewers weren’t shown her demise on screen – but they were left ‘fuming’ that she had been killed after all.