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The Royal Bodyguard - Series 1 [DVD]

3.1 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Sir David Jason, Geoffrey Whitehead, Timothy Bentinck, Tim Downie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006L3N1XS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,661 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

One Man. One Family. One Royal Mess. Sir David Jason is The Royal Bodyguard.

After a life of service in the army, Captain Guy Hubble (Sir David Jason) finds himself put out to seed as a car park attendant at Buckingham Palace. That is, until he is surprisingly promoted to head of Royal security after first endangering, then miraculously saving, The Queen’s life. Hubble’s boss, Colonel Whittington, is not amused. He is desperate to see the back of Hubble; he knows only too well about his long line of botched operations and relentless mishaps. Though totally out of his depth, Hubble takes his new role very seriously. However he soon manages to upset foreign ambassadors, members of the public and his colleagues as he haphazardly carries out his duties. Most alarmingly, Hubble often finds himself taking on dangerous one man rescue missions for The Queen and her family. Captain Guy Hubble is a walking disaster, and the fate of the Royal Family now rests in his hands.

Starring Sir David Jason, Geoffrey Whitehead, Timothy Bentinck and Tim Downie with a guest appearance from David Walliams; The Royal Bodyguard is a comedy about the wrong man, in the wrong job, in the wrong household....

Bonus Features:

  • Making The Royal Bodyguard

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By D.A.C on 16 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
I had high hopes for this sitcom when the first episode aired. 30 minutes later I wanted to turn back the clock and get the 30 minutes back for something useful.

I did end up watching the entire series in hope that it would improve, sadly it did not. It seemed the public agreed, starting off with over 8 million, the viewing figures tumbled to just over 2 million in a matter of weeks.

Seeing David Jason mumble and stumble through 3 hours of television is not a pretty sight. It does have the occasional funny moment, but for a primetime BBC One sitcom, this fell by the wayside.

Thankfully it was dropped and a second series did not appear.

Save your money and buy something better. Unless, of course, you actually liked it.........
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The only remarkable thing about this series is why such an accomplished and respected actor like David Jason should have taken part in such twaddle? Judging by the reviews you either love it or hate it. We have a friend who loves it and recommended it to us. I found it about as funny as Haemorrhoids and as subtle as a house brick. It is slapstick at its worst, with a poor script and characters who are instantly forgetable.

Now, who do I dislike enough to send them a DVD of the series?
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great show . Bit if hit and miss by the bbc
should have used a different actor no criticism. Of sir David ....it just wasn't his thing and that's why bbc dropped it
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I absolutely loved this entire series. David Jason is fantastic in this.... I really don't understand all the negative reviews and hype surrounding 'the royal bodyguard' it is what it is, good old fashioned humour. I like lots if different comedy and this was fab, I laughed out loud on all episodes and fell in love with Hubble as a character. I think if ppl give it a chance then they would actually like it. I don't usually write reviews but feel that everyone's slating this without giving it a real chance. Everyone's entitled to their opinion but for me... I loved it, really funny! I wish they would make more series of this with David Jason.
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How on earth did Sir David ever agree to put his name to this complete utter rubbish.
It made me cringe to watch such a major talent take part in such complete bilge,it was an insult to the viewers intelligence.
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Much was made of the return to BBC Comedy by Sir David Jason - he even fronted the Christmas 2011 idents on the channel. Sadly, it seems nobody at the Beeb had sat down and watched this horrific show, had they done so it would either have been broadcast on CBBC (when The Chuckle Brothers were resting) or binned all together. The title role, that of an incompetent car park attendant promoted to the role of bodyguard for the Queen, might have worked if given to someone under the age of 30 or someone who could give us a Chris Barrie 'Brittas' (or 'Rimmer'!) character. Sadly, at 71, the idea of Jason protecting anyone, let alone the Queen, was a stretch too far from episode 1.

Slapstick and prat falls have also had their day. Peter Sellers took the art form further with Clueseau, Leslie Neilson in 'Police Squad' and 'Naked Gun' and Rowan Atkinson with 'Mr Bean' and 'Johnny English' all added new depth and constant LOL visual gags to this form of comedy. But an elderly man in a poor fitting wig wrestling with an empty suit of armour? Knocking down the lid on a grand piano? Causing a free standing world globe to career across a room? And broadcast - after endless hype - post watershed? 7.1 million switched on episode one on Boxing Day. 1.5 million switched off BEFORE THE END. Since then the viewing numbers have halved. The BBC Points of View website is awash with views from disappointed Jason fans who switched on full of hope and instead found themselves embarrassed to watch a comedy great reduced to this. But Jason agreed to make it - he even, unusually, appeared on chat shows to promote it. A pity he does not seem to have watched a completed episode. The only emotion his bumbling character arouses in viewers is pity.
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I thought this series was wonderful, a gentle old fashioned series that our whole family could watch together and laughed a lot at. We all loved it! Yes David Jason's getting a bit old, and the editing wasn't great but it just added to the charm. I thought David and Tim Downie's partnership was fantastic, as was Geoffrey Whitehead - all the supporting cast were terrific. It got better as the episodes went on, like most series do, and we all found it thoroughly entertaining. It's so much better then rubbish like Mrs Brown Boys!
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BRILLIANT such belly laughts,It is fantastic David YOU ARE such a funny brilliant actor,other actors very funny also. More many more should have been filmed. David please you are fabulous actor and an amazing comic actor. Thank you for your talent and making life more enjoyable.
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