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A home secretary and her bodyguard? Theresa May’s not up for such drama

The Prime Minister doubted an onscreen depiction of her former job in BBC’s Bodyguard would help her to unwind.

Theresa May has snubbed BBC drama Bodyguard, suggesting it would not help her unwind to watch the fortunes of an ambitious female home secretary.

Keeley Hawes plays the controversial Julia Montague, with Richard Madden in the role of her bodyguard David Budd.

The political thriller explores the fictional home secretary’s actions and Budd’s divided loyalties which stem from his resentment of politicians fuelled by his time in the military.

The programme’s first episode had a peak of 6.9 million viewers, but Prime Minister Mrs May is not among its fans.

The former home secretary said: “I watch TV to unwind – I’m not sure a drama about a female home secretary is the best way for me to do that.”

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