Sir David Jason comedy The Royal Bodyguard panned by viewers

by Lynn Connolly

The BBC has been deluged with complaints from viewers who had been eagerly awaiting the return of Sir David Jason to our screens in The Royal Bodyguard.

And the complaints – which were primarily voiced via internet forums – boiled down to the point that the show was pretty dire. And it was, as much as I hate to criticise anything that Sir David stars in.

However, the fact remains that it was barely chuckle worthy, and lacked any laugh-out-loud moments of any sort. Add to that a plotline that was utterly ridiculous, and acting more wooden than Pinocchio, it was rather much a let down.

Airing on Boxing Day, the debut episode was slammed by Twitter users, with one poster commenting that the show was, “about as funny as a bad case of the Trotters”.

Another viewer tweeted, “This has to be the worst programme on TV this Christmas…”

Yet another said, “Contrived and predictable. Shame David Jason’s great name used for a poor script” while Susie Roberts tweeted, “The Royal Bodyguard may return next Monday but I doubt any viewers will.”

The Sun reports that at the beginning of the show’s debut episode, eight million of us optimistically tuned in. However, by the end of the first half hour long episode, only 1.5million viewers had stuck it out.

Even the Radio Times commented on their Twitter page, “Oh dear, we are not getting many complimentary tweets about The Royal Bodyguard.

“Can’t remember the last time we had a Twitter reaction like this.”

Prior to the show airing, Sir David, who of course plays the main protagonist, Guy Hubble, said the comedy was “a lovely piece of fun” but he conceded that it was a “safe” comedy.

In case you missed it, and want to judge for yourself, you can see the first episode here on iPlayer.

What did you think of The Royal Bodyguard? And will you be watching the rest of the series?

As I mentioned, I was far from impressed and very much doubt I’ll watch further episodes, but I do feel rather disloyal to Sir David for saying it!

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.