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BBC Thriller The Capture Is Being Compared To The Bodyguard

Rebecca Shepherd

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BBC Thriller The Capture Is Being Compared To The Bodyguard

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Ever since we watched Sergeant David Budd disarm that damn suicide vest in The Bodyguard, we've been longing for another BBC thriller to fill its hugely successful shoes. Well, apparently The Capture is just that.

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The first episode will air tonight (Tuesday 3 September) at 9pm on BBC One and it will tackle the troubling topic of fake news and misinformation alongside the extraordinary capabilities of the intelligence services.

It poses the question: can we really believe what we see?

Focusing on main character Shaun Emery (Callum Turner) - a soldier who has just been cleared of murdering a civilian - the show highlights the issue of untrustworthy digital sources, as his lawyer Hannah (Laura Haddock) starts to investigate new grainy video evidence against him which leads him to fight for his freedom once again.

With DI Rachel Carey (Holliday Grainger) drafted in to investigate Shaun's case, she quickly learns that the truth can sometimes be a matter of perspective. Should she trust Shaun Emery?

Holliday Grainger will take on the role of DI Rachel Carey. Credit: BBC
Holliday Grainger will take on the role of DI Rachel Carey. Credit: BBC

Producer Derek Ritchie is well aware that comparisons to a certain TV show may crop up, as he told Radio Times: "We were well into prepping it when Bodyguard came out. It was all commissioned before Bodyguard. I think they're really different shows."

He went on: "For those prime time audiences who love a conspiracy thriller, who love quite bold exciting characters, and who love really exciting new British talent, and all of that - we kind of tick all of those boxes really.

"I like to think we would pick up people who liked Bodyguard, coming to this."

Callum Turner will play former soldier Shaun Emery. Credit: BBC
Callum Turner will play former soldier Shaun Emery. Credit: BBC

Speaking about his character, Callum Turner, 29, said: "Shaun Emery is a man on a mission to change the perception of him: how the world views him, how his family views him, how his friends view him.

"The series begins with Shaun in prison for killing someone unlawfully while on duty as a soldier - and he wants to get out of there and be the best version of himself that he can be. The best dad that he can be. And live a life that's more fulfilling than the life that he's been leading.

"Up until the point where we first meet him, Shaun's behaved in ways that are self-destructive and have pushed people away, and he wants to change."

Speaking about the script, he added: "I'm a slow reader, but I read these really fast. I think that's the greatest testament to how good the series is.

"It's a real gung-ho, action-packed adventure conspiracy thriller with heart. What kept me reading was how invested I became in the characters - who I jumped onside with, before finding myself turning against them to go onside with other characters."

The first episode of The Capture will air tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, BBC, Thriller

Rebecca Shepherd
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