New BBC sitcom The Royal Bodyguard flops, royally

The BBC’s new sitcom The Royal Bodyguard – which of course stars Sir David Jason – is officially a royal sized flop.

When the first episode aired on Boxing Day, viewers slated it, saying that it was unfunny and a waste of Sir David’s comedic talent.

That debut episode was watched by around 8million of us, but when the second episode aired on Monday night, just 4.8million viewers stuck around to see what happened next.

Sir David, who plays the sitcom’s main protagonist Guy Hubble, is of course only used to TV success, given his previous roles in Only Fools and Horses and A Touch of Frost, both of which were loved by viewers and critics alike…

However, of The Royal Bodyguard, one internet forum poster commented, “It’s cringeworthy. Can hardly bear to watch. Car crash TV at its finest.”

Another viewer wrote, “The Royal Bodyguard is dire, David Jason is better than this.”

And yet another said, “Seriously, how do shows as irredeemably dreadful as The Royal Bodyguard get commissioned?”

According to the Daily Mirror, insiders say the show is “unlikely” to be given a second series.

One source told the paper, “It’s great to get Sir David back at the Beeb, but this was clearly the wrong project.”

Indeed it is, but it’s sad because I for one was really looking forward to seeing Jason back on TV, and I find it physically pains me to be critical of such an icon, but this show really is dire.

I’m not entirely sure which is worse; the script, the entire premise, or the acting. But put all three bad eggs together in one basket and you’re gonna get a stinker.

Just in case you haven’t as yet seen the show, here’s a clip…

What’s your theory on why it’s just so goddamn bad?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.