Not so long ago, it would seem the whole of Britain was on standstill on Sunday nights to watch Richard Madden in the BBC series ‘Bodyguard’. The nation was addicted to the tension each episode brought, and whose ending gave us the possibility of a second season.

With the dust now settled on the originally planned one-off series, due to its popularity and the brilliance of creator Jed Mercurio, Richard Madden has set tongues wagging by confirming to the Daily Mail that he will be imminently sitting down with Mercurio to discuss ideas for David Budd’s next traumatic adventure.

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I’m having a conversation with [creator Jed Mercurio] in about ten days or something when I’m back in the country, and we are just going to chat through some ideas.

We never intended to make another one and I don’t know, I’m excited to see what he’s got, especially because David [Budd] had quite a busy couple of months. So what do we do with him next? Because he probably needs a break… but him, on the beach with a pina colada, I don’t think people are going to watch that as much. Less anxiety though, I would like less anxiety.

It’s just thrilling that a little show that didn’t have a huge budget and just had a bunch of actors working really hard, it’s really inspiring that that has done well and not for any kind of glory, we just thought we were making a show we want to.”

The six-episode series followed War veteran David Budd as he finds work as a police sergeant with London’s Metropolitan Police Service, in the Royalty and Specialist Protection branch. He is assigned to protect the home secretary, the Rt. Hon. Julia Montague MP (Keeley Hawes), a controversial and ambitious politician who is described as “the sociopath” by one of her aides, and who has plans to introduce invasive new surveillance powers for security forces. Finding himself increasingly at odds with Montague’s policies and personality, and dealing with physical and psychological scars from his time serving in Afghanistan, volatile Budd is torn between his beliefs and his duty to protect.