Bodyguard: If you like the BBC One drama, you’ll love... Line of Duty, Marcella and Unforgotten

If you’re a fan of the record-breaking new drama, Bodyguard, starring Keeley Hawes and Richard Madden, here are seven gripping thrillers you're sure to enjoy.

BBC One’s new drama, Bodyguard, has been keeping viewers enthralled every Sunday night since its inception - and breaking records at the same time.

Viewing figures confirm it’s the most-watched drama series of 2018 so far, and the first episode received a consolidated figure of 10.4 million viewers - the highest launch of any new drama on UK TV for over a decade.

In the show, British actress Keeley Hawes plays Home Secretary Julie Montague, with Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden starring as her Personal Protection Officer, David Budd.

Each episode reveals further complexities between the pair's professional and personal relationships as they find themselves at the heart of a web of intrigue that involves the security services and the police as well as politicians and civil servants within Westminster itself.

The Beeb have confirmed a six-episode run, meaning the last episode in the series will air Sunday, September 23 at 9pm.

[Read more: Bodyguard is biggest new drama on British TV in more than a decade]

If you've missed the thrilling episodes so far, you can catch up now on BT TV via the BBC iPlayer app.

But if Bodyguard has whetted your appetite for more drama on your TV screens, we round up the best TV shows to watch once it’s finished.

Line of Duty

Line of Duty

How can I watch it?

Series 1-3 are available to stream now on Netflix, which you can access from your BT TV set-top box. Season 4 is available to buy now on Amazon Prime Video. Series 5 starts on BBC One in 2019.

What’s it about?

DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after the death of a man in a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation.

Why should I watch it?

If you liked Bodyguard, you’ll love Line of Duty. Jed Mercurio created both shows, and Keeley Hawes (Julia Montague in Bodyguard) and Gina McKee (police chief Anne Sampson in the same show) both appear. Line of Duty features even more plot twists and shocking moments than Bodyguard, and the show has been nominated for three BAFTA TV Awards since its 2012 inception.

[Read more: Everything you need to know about Line of Duty series 5]

Marcella

Marcella

How can I watch it?

Airing originally on ITV, series 1 is available to stream for Netflix customers via your BT TV set-top box. Series 2 is available to stream now on Prime Video.

What’s it about?

Set in London, Anna Friel plays Marcella Backland, a Metropolitan Police Officer who left the force for the sake of her family, only to have her husband subsequently leave her. She returns to her job on the murder squad to investigate a case that seems disturbingly familiar to her.

Why should I watch it?

Marcella is written by Hans Rosenfeldt, acclaimed writer of The Bridge, so expect a Scandinavian noir set on the streets of Britain. If you enjoy the action-packed cliffhangers of Bodyguard, expect the same from Marcella.

Unforgotten

Unforgotten

How can I watch it?

Series 1-3 are available to stream on the ITV Hub for free now, until September 17. After that, series 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix, and you can buy series 3 on Prime Video.

What’s it about?

This British crime drama follows two London detectives, DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) and DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar), as they work to solve cases involving disappearances and murders, unravelling secrets left buried for years.

Why should I watch it?

The show has been given a five-star rating by The Guardian, The Telegraph and Daily Mail. Plus, if you’ve watched Line of Duty, you’ll recognise a certain Mark Bonnar from both shows.

Jack Ryan

Jack Ryan

How can I watch it?

Season 1 is streaming now on Prime Video following its August 31 release.

What’s it about?

CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers and his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and across Europe and the Middle East - as a rising terrorist figurehead prepares for a massive attack against the US.

Why should I watch it?

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is an action-packed CIA thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats through every twist and turn.

[Read more: Why everyone's talking about Jack Ryan on Prime Video]

Homeland

Homeland

How can I watch it?

Series 1 to 6 are available to stream now on Netflix via BT TV. Series 7 is available to buy now in the BT TV Store.

What’s it about?

CIA operative Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes) becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by Al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Why should I watch it?

If you like the national security elements of Bodyguard, Homeland is one for you. The US show has won five Golden Globe and six Emmy awards, including Best Drama Series and Best Actor gongs for Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, testament to its gripping storylines and stellar acting.

House of Cards

House of Cards

How can I watch it?

Series 1-5 are available to stream on Netflix now. Series 6 returns to Netflix on Friday, November 2.

What’s it about?

US Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) works with his equally conniving wife Claire (Robin Wright) to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

Why should I watch it?

Catch up on all five series now before series the sixth and final season starts streaming on Netflix. Plus - if you like Robin Wright’s character Claire, you’ll be pleased to know she takes the reins in the upcoming season.

[Read more: What happens to Kevin Spacey's character in House of Cards?]

Undercover

Undercover

How can I watch it?

It’s available to buy and keep on the BT TV Store now.

What’s it about?

Defence lawyer Maya Cobbina (Sophie Okonedo) tries to finally uncover the truth of an old miscarriage of justice, while her husband Nick Johnson (Adrian Lester) goes to any lengths to conceal the truth about his own past.

Why should I watch it?

This hidden gem of a mini-series drama is directed by Peter Moffat - the acclaimed writer and producer behind Silk and The Night Of.

Bodyguard airs Sunday nights at 9pm on BBC One. Catch up with the BBC iPlayer app on BT TV.

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