NEWS REPORTS: There’s an atmosphere of shock in Westminster following this momentous… Recent turmoil in the corridors of power has reached a tipping point… The nation was being compelled to seek a leader who will be… According to
reports the handover came swiftly and clinically… ..has gone up around Whitehall, while the
name of our new leader remains a closely guarded secret. 7-9 inbound. He’s coming into the
building now. Good. This has all happened extremely quickly. To say we’ve been caught
with our pants down is an understatement. The security implications are also very complicated.
Apparently the new PM’s asked for her new principal protection officer by name. That’s
quite irregular. What’s she up to? Sir? Ma’am? At ease, David. Before we get going, can we
first apologise for some of the things that happened? We’re very, very sorry that… SIRENS
DROWN SPEECH. ..turned out to be behind the conspiracy. And that they tried to frame you.
And kill you. Thank you. We’ve had a personal inquiry about you receiving an extraordinary
assignment at the highest level. The very highest level. You need to jump through some
hoops to prove you’re the right man for the job. Hoops? Just a simple interview. When?
Wait here. Ah. Budd. Pleased to meet you. Sir. I’ve been asked to carry out your evaluation.
Very good, sir. Right. Well, one of the most important actions of a protection officer
is being able to turn your head slowly with a hard gaze. Can you do that, Budd? That’s
very impressive. Of course, where most bodyguards fall down is that they can only do it in one
direction. Well, I never. Quite remarkable. In the event of a threat directed at the principal,
what would be your response? I’d whip out my Glock. Your…? My Glock. The close-quarters
firearm of choice for the specialist protection officer. Yes, of course. I could swear that
you said… No. My Glock, sir. Excellent. Are you comfortable in dealing with someone
who is much better looking than you? I suppose that’s possible. I’ll give it my best shot.
Are you comfortable dealing with someone who is really quite a lot posher than you? Definitely.
I’m used to that, sir. Old Etonians. They’re everywhere. Like vermin. I’m a man of the
people. That’s how we’re made at Harrow. Sorry about the cloak and dagger. There’s been a
change at the top. The very top. Follow me. Prime Minister, Police Sergeant Budd. Oh,
Sergeant Budd. I’m glad to meet you. Prime Minister. The nation is in crisis. I’ve been
appointed to steady the ship because I’m universally liked and respected. Of course, ma’am. Yet
despite my immense popularity, I must take security precautions. Very good, ma’am. We’ll
be working very closely. Is it all right if I call you David? Yes, ma’am. You’ve arrived
at a crucial time. We’ve got some controversial budgetary cuts to make next week and, because
we’re all in this together, I’ve volunteered to accept stringent cuts myself. In what ways,
ma’am? Usually you’d have two people working with you. But now I’m afraid it’s going to
be only you. I’m sure we’ll cope. David, I need you to be strong and stable. Are you
up to it, David? I hope so, ma’am. Not weak and wobbly. Never. Excellent. I’ll make the
necessary arrangements. You know, I’m worried that this isn’t enough to set the right example.
When travelling, traditionally the Prime Minister has her own room but that’s extravagant. I
shall have to share with my principal protection officer. Share? It’s a sacrifice I must make.
How does that sound to you, David? Whatever’s necessary, ma’am, for the good of the country.
Exactly. For the good of the country. I look forward to getting straight down to work.
Excellent. NEWS REPORTS: The Prime Minister has embarked on a whistle-stop tour… ..with
only her principal protection officer for company… ..she’s weary in the mornings…
..no doubt having been up all night worrying about the economy. Downing Street staff though
are privately expressing concern. Do you require any assistance with your box, ma’am? Thank
you, David. Maybe later. Very good, ma’am. RADIO: Sierra Zulu 7-9, hold position. What
appears to be the holdup? Stand by, ma’am. Sierra Zulu 7-9 outbound, request sitrep?
It’s an ongoing anti-corruption investigation. THUDDING. PS Budd. What seems to be the problem,
sir? You can see who I’ve got in the back. There’s only one thing I’m interested in,
and one thing only. And that’s bent coppers. What have we got in here then? Nothing. Open
her up. SWITCH CLUNKS. Busted! I knew it. Everything sorted, David? Yes, ma’am. Absolutely
fabulous. Are we there yet, sweetie? THUD. Drive. Lavender outbound. RADIO: What? Do
you know if I’m in series two? You’re dead. Am I? You’re dead. Am I?