The Royal Bodyguard Page 11

The Royal Bodyguard. Image shows from L to R: Colonel Dennis Whittington (Geoffrey Whitehead), Yates (Tim Downie), Captain Guy Hubble (David Jason), Sir Edward Hastings (Timothy Bentinck).

The Royal Bodyguard

Sir David Jason stars as newly promoted Royal Protection Officer Captain Guy Hubble, a man unquestionably totally out of his depth

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Dave

  • Wednesday 11th January 2012, 11:45pm [Edited]
  • United Kingdom
  • 1,172 posts

DJ's fans always bring it back to Scullion, and that was '88, and I thought he was a bit one-tone in that. Frost was just Del in a series mood, and in scenes like the argument in the last Fools and Horses, you can really see Frost there. Same as I said earlier, he's the same in Come Rain Come Shine, The Quest, Only Fools, Darling Buds etc. Sometimes it's just the mannerisms and facial tics, others it's the whole thing.

Of course, it's not a sin for an actor to lack range. People like him because he's playing David Jason. Even in interviews he's the same thing. He was on The One Show a couple of weeks ago and he was virtually intertangible with Del.

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KLRiley

  • Thursday 12th January 2012, 7:45am [Edited]
  • England
  • 2,043 posts

DJ and range? Go back and watch the Christmas special fo OFAH from 1995 in which Rodney and Cassandra have lost a baby. Okay, it hit a lot of raw emotions because the same thing had just happened to us but the scene in the lift where Del tries to get Rodney to face up to what happened... Great writing and brilliant acting.

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Tim Azure

  • Thursday 12th January 2012, 10:04am [Edited]
  • Kent, England
  • 2,037 posts
Quote: Dave @ January 11 2012, 8:49 PM GMT He was the same in Darling Buds of May, Diamond Geezer, A Bit of a Do, Fools and Horses and Come Rain, Come Shine and The Quest.


It's not quite right about Bit of a Do, he played a dullard in that, though it is said he found it quite hard and kept slipping into Del. No, I definitely remember it as a distinctive character.

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Burton Sparkler

  • Thursday 12th January 2012, 6:47pm [Edited]
  • Ulverston, England
  • 10 posts

The Royal Bodyguard isn't the worst show on TV, it's just getting more scruitiny because it was hyped by the BBC as the next big thing. The second episode was no worse than the first episode of the Thin Blue Line (and that wasn't terrible).

Basically: Jason is too old to do the slapstick stunts required and so the stunts end up looking terrible because the director has had to work with stunt-men and covering shots. Also the idea would have made a good Johnny English-type film and seems a tad stretched at three hours.

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Nick

  • Thursday 12th January 2012, 9:31pm [Edited]
  • Japan
  • 820 posts
Quote: Dave @ January 11 2012, 11:45 PM GMT DJ's fans always bring it back to Scullion, and that was '88, and I thought he was a bit one-tone in that. Frost was just Del in a series mood, and in scenes like the argument in the last Fools and Horses, you can really see Frost there. Same as I said earlier, he's the same in Come Rain Come Shine, The Quest, Only Fools, Darling Buds etc. Sometimes it's just the mannerisms and facial tics, others it's the whole thing.

Of course, it's not a sin for an actor to lack range. People like him because he's playing David Jason. Even in interviews he's the same thing. He was on The One Show a couple of weeks ago and he was virtually intertangible with Del.


He played Del Boy for more than 20 years. Of course some of the things he did in that show are going to be similar to stuff he's done elsewhere. If you wanted to you could say that things that Rowan Atkinson did in Blackadder are the same as stuff he's done in Mr. Bean or Johnny English.

You might not have liked A Bit of a Do but you can't deny that it was loved by the public and won awards too. As he played a character with a different personality and accent to Del Boy, I'm not sure what more he could have done.

And as many of his other shows have been colossal hits, it clearly isn't a problem to find shows for him as long as the writing is there.

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Dene Kernohan

  • Friday 13th January 2012, 9:56pm [Edited]
  • Northern Ireland
  • 103 posts

I thought ep 3 wasn't so bad.

The direction is problematic I think. When Hubble slipped on that glass and crashed his head into the grandfather clock it was quite a Clouseau moment; in fact, I thought Julian Nott's score was deliberately riffing on the Inspector Clouseau theme from 'Strikes Again'.

However, they cut to a shot from inside the clock. That didn't work for me. Blake Edwards wouldn't have done that - he'd have kept the camera simply observing Clouseau/Hubble.

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Nick

  • Tuesday 17th January 2012, 1:59pm
  • Japan
  • 820 posts

I enjoyed the 4th episode although I may be the only person still watching. :) Nice cameo from David Walliams and a few decent visual gags (some duffers as well though).

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dennispennis123

  • Monday 23rd January 2012, 11:48pm
  • United Kingdom
  • 420 posts

Quite enjoyed it tonight. Obviously a 71 year old David Jason in drag suffering an attempted rape lifts an episode.

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 24th January 2012, 1:46am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,735 posts

I love this show. It's so joyfully silly. I only wish there were more episodes.

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Peter Poole

  • Tuesday 24th January 2012, 2:39pm
  • England
  • 1 posts

Watched last night's episode - I liked the plot, but there just wasn't any tightness to the writing & few jokes. It's the sort of wacky plot you'd see in an old British film, which I love, with Jason's character cross-dressing as a spy. But the moments of humour were leaden, alas, despite good performances. An effective menacing moment at the end with the gun showed a comedy/drama approach might have worked better.

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David Bussell

  • Saturday 28th January 2012, 2:13am
  • London, England
  • 9,943 posts
Quote: george roper @ January 27 2012, 6:33 PM GMT I love this show. David Jason cracks me up ever since Open All Hours.


He's a very gifted actor. Anyone who doesn't like him in this should would do well to remember that Del Boy is played by the same actor who plays Inspector Frost.

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billwill

  • Saturday 28th January 2012, 3:52am
  • North London, England
  • 5,847 posts
Quote: David Bussell @ January 28 2012, 2:13 AM GMT He's a very gifted actor. Anyone who doesn't like him in this should would do well to remember that Del Boy is played by the same actor who plays Inspector Frost.


I like the show. It's fun even if the situations have been done many times before.

But oddly enough David Jason played the female Sandra TOO well, I thought the female-style movements were spot on, but.. they were BETTER than Captain Hubble ought to have been able to do it.

Errr

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David Carmon

  • Monday 30th January 2012, 8:08pm [Edited]
  • Cheshire, England
  • 2,030 posts

Thank fook the final time we will be subjected to this. I liked the first one, but that was enough.

Good riddance to the worst sitcom of the 2010s so far.....