Each is a livvagt, literally bodyguard, part of the Danish Police’s Intelligence Service (PET), akin to our own MI5. Three of the newest recruits – Jasmina, Rasmus and Jonas – are thrust into the shadowy world of close protection, where their protectees face threats from stalkers, white supremacist, Islamic extremists and foreign intelligence services.
Don’t be put off its age. Though initially broadcast in 2009 and 2010, the issues faced by our three brave protagonists are more relevant than ever. The Protectors is undeniably a slow-burner, with each story spread over two hour-long parts. Yet the character-driven storylines, and its desire to shine a light on issues such as religion, race, mental illness and grief, make for some truly compelling, moving moments and twenty hours of gripping television.
Look out for: Thomas W Gabrielsson. Eagle-eyed viewers will recognise the Swedish-born actor, who portrays the PET unit chief, from the final season of The Killing.
Starring Cecilie Stenspil, Søren Vejby, André Babikian
Year Broadcast: 2009
Available on DVD, international Netflix, and Amazon Video.