David Jason brings The Royal Bodyguard to BBC this Christmas

by Lisa McGarry

Sir David Jason stars in a brand new BBC One comedy series for the first time in 20 years, since the last series of Only Fools And Horses. The series will start screening on Monday 26th December at 9.30pm.

The Royal Bodyguard follows the escapades of Captain Guy Hubble (Sir David Jason), an ex-guardsman who saw action in Cyprus and Northern Ireland. Now Head of Security at Buckingham Palace car park, he is surprisingly appointed as Royal Bodyguard after saving the Queen’s life in an act of bravery on the day of the State Opening of Parliament.

This is much to the frustration of Hubble’s boss Colonel Dennis Whittington, who is desperate to see the back of Hubble and knows only too well about his relentless mishaps. Hubble takes his new role very seriously but soon manages to upset foreign ambassadors, his colleagues and members of the public as he haphazardly carries out his security checks and takes on personal rescue missions for the Queen and her family. Hubble manages to endanger Royal security repeatedly and on a colossal scale, yet somehow comes up smelling of roses every time.

The series also stars Geoffrey Whitehead (Worst Week Of My Life, Little Dorrit), Timothy Bentinck (Doctors, The Thick Of It, The Archers) and Tim Downie (The King’s Speech) with a special guest appearance by David Walliams (Little Britain, Come Fly With Me).

The series was commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One and Cheryl Taylor, Controller, Comedy Commissioning.

Danny Cohen comments: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome David Jason back to a leading comedy role on BBC One. David is a hugely talented performer and much loved by British viewers. When I read the script I knew he would be perfect for this role.”

David Jason (Touch Of Frost, Only Fools And Horses, Open All Hours) plays Captain Guy Hubble, the walking disaster who has the fate of the Royal Family in his hands.

Sir David says: “I am really enjoying working with the very talented producer Jimmy Mulville, and working on a great comedy project with the BBC. It’s good to have a laugh again!”

Jimmy Mulville comments: “When Cheryl Taylor got behind this brilliant script by Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni, creators of The Worst Week Of My Life, and Danny Cohen suggested David Jason for the starring role, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!”

Cheryl Taylor adds: “I couldn’t be more thrilled that one of our most celebrated and talented comedy actors will be entertaining audiences again on BBC One. Mark and Justin have written a brilliant vehicle for David Jason and I can’t wait to see the finished product.”