Stars of hit BBC drama Bodyguard share a behind-the-scenes look at the show

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If you're gripped by the BBC show Bodyguard then you'll be excited to see a rare look at what goes on behind the scenes of the hit BBC show.

Richard Madden, one of the shows stars, shared an Instagram picture of himself and co-star, actress Keeley Hawes.

The snap, which he shared with the comment, 'Behind the scenes with the outstandingly talented Keeley Hawes who kept me smiling even through the toughest of days!' was a picture of the stars covered in blood, a nod to one of the more dramatic scenes in the hit TV drama.

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The show's leads, who obviously get on well, were smiling in the shot, despite having blood all over their faces. Richard, who has also starred in Game of Thrones, and Netflix film Ibiza, has also shared other pictures of him on set, mentioning how proud he is of the show's success.

BBC One also shared a clip behind the scenes of the drama recently, showing just how well the two actors get on - and that they giggled the whole time whilst filming.

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The series, which sees Keeley Hawes playing the Home Secretary and Richard, her bodyguard, protecting her from potential terrorist threats, was first aired on the BBC on Sunday 26th August. It has since gone on to air two more episodes.

The drama has been a huge hit with viewers, with the BBC announcing that 10.4 million watched the first episode - making it the most viewed new drama in the UK since 2006.

Keeley took to Twitter to announce her delight with the news saying, "Amazing news! Thrilled to bits. Thank you so much to everyone who’s been watching!"

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Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content said about the news, “I’m thrilled with the response to BBC One’s new Sunday night drama Bodyguard, the figures are extraordinary and all credit to the mastermind creator and writer Jed Mercurio who is surprising the audience at every turn.”

The BBC also revealed that iPlayer watchers have meant that the show has had a wider audience and has been available to people who didn't see it originally air.

Bodyguard continues on BBC One this Sunday at 9pm. The first three episodes are all available on BBC iPlayer.

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