Palms sweating? Make way for the mercurial Mercurio, who cemented his reputation as the most successful writer working in TV today with Bodyguard.
The son of Italian immigrants, Jed worked as a junior doctor and served briefly with the RAF. His early work, Cardiac Arrest, set in an NHS hospital, reflected his own experiences and a fascination with how members of institutions close ranks. Bodyguard shared DNA with Line of Duty’s jawdropping twists, labyrinthine plots, and themes of internal corruption. Mercurio brought the nation to its knees in minutes as PTSD-sufferer and ex-squaddie turned police protection officer, David Budd (Richard Madden) prevented a suicide bombing on a packed train. A role that led to a Golden Globe and put Madden into the Bond rumour mill. With viewing figures exceeding 10 million, Bodyguard returned us to a time when a TV show could be a national event.
Jed will be interviewed by the BBC’s Steph McGovern.