Cheeky Piers Morgan asks Margaret Thatcher's bodyguard Barry Strevens if he ever slept with her, just like Richard Madden in new drama Bodyguard

Ex-Special Branch detective Barry Strevens was invited on to discuss the accuracy of new BBC drama Bodyguard, starring hunky actor Richard Madden.

Before digging for dirt, Piers, 53, buttered him up and said: "Bodyguard I think is brilliant. It's one of the best dramas on TV.

"But Barry, you were the real thing, for Margaret Thatcher. You've been the hunky bodyguard."

He added: "So the first question is, did you and Maggie ever…?"

Susanna Reid gasped as Barry, who worked with the late prime minister for 20 years, howled with laughter.

Pushy Piers demanded an answer, and told viewers: "I want to get it on record!"

To which Barry replied: "No!"

Piers made the cheeky remark after last night's racy episode of the BBC's new political drama.

Madden plays heroic war veteran David Budd, who is assigned to protect Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes).

Fans got a treat when Richard stripped to his birthday suit, with Keeley's character first seducing David by touching herself in front of him.

She stood by a door and told him: "Please don't turn out to be another bloke who can't accept a woman having more power.

"We're not handling this very well, are we?"

David apologised, and took responsibility for their fraught personal relationship, but Julia walked back to her room and undid her trousers.

Barry said he had watched the show, and was asked how true to life it is.

He told Piers: "The basics are right, standing around, moving from A to B, and greetings are the same."

He also said Margaret was very good to her staff, adding: "She was very good to all her team, she looked after us and protected us too in many ways.

"Sometimes we would get abuse from other people, she would look after us."

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