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BBC One’s Vigil Finally Has A Premiere Date

British TV legends Suranne Jones and Martin Compston star.

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The BBC has yet another nail-biting drama in store for viewers – this time revolving around corruption and conspiracy on board a nuclear submarine. Written and created by the BAFTA-nominated writer Tom Edge (Judy, The Crown, Lovesick), BBC One’s Vigil is a six-part series you don’t want to miss. So here’s everything you need to know about Vigil, and what you can expect from the new show.

When does Vigil air?

Vigil will premiere with a weekend double bill, starting on August 29 at 9 p.m. followed by a second episode on August 30 at the same time. The series will continue to air each Sunday night at 9 p.m., with new episodes premiering weekly on BBC One and iPlayer.

What’s the plot of Vigil?

The six-part series will dive deep into the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler which happened to coincide with a death onboard HMS Vigil, a Trident nuclear submarine. Trident is the UK’s nuclear deterrent system, which is centred at HM Naval Base Clyde on the west coast of Scotland, per iNews, where the series is set.

DCI Amy Silva leads an investigation into the death, which is initially ruled as an accidental overdose but is later thought to be a murder. Shebut is met with resistance from the Navy and British security services as she uncovers “a conspiracy that threatens the very heart of Britain’s nuclear deterrent,” the show’s synopsis reads. Silva must also investigate the death while the submarine is on patrol, and could very well be stuck on board with the potential killer.

Who’s in the cast of Vigil?

Viewers will likely have spotted Line of Duty’s Martin Compston but it’s Surrane Jones who leads the cast as DCI Amy Silva. Jones – best known for her role as the titular character in Doctor Foster – describes her character as a “brilliantly complex character, thrown into a highly charged situation where her authority is weakened,” per Radio Times. “Tom Edge has created a thrill of a story, set in a world I knew nothing about. The cast and crew World Productions has put together to tell this story is so exciting.”

The all-star cast also features Game of Thrones’ Rose Leslie as DS Kirsten Longacre, Endeavour’s Shaun Evans, and Noughts + Crosses’ Paterson Joseph. Anjli Mohindra, Connor Swindells, Adam James, Gary Lewis, Stephen Dillane, Lolita Chakrabarti, Daniel Portman, Lorne MacFayden, and Lauren Lyle also star.

Is there a trailer for Vigil?

Following a short teaser released earlier this year, BBC has dived in a little, um, deeper and has dropped a gripping new 60-second trailer set aboard the Trident submarine. The Vigil trailer sees DCI Amy Silva being briefed about a mysterious death on the naval ship before being asked “how are you with confined spaces?” Very ominous, indeed. From first looks the investigation will take a dark and dangerous turn. By the end of the trailer it warns, “the deeper you go, the darker it gets.”

What else is there to know about Vigil?

The series started filming in early 2020, but had to stop due to the coronavirus pandemic. Shooting recommenced in late August, with the cast and crew being spotted in and around Glasgow on a number of streets. As the Scotsman notes, filming is likely to also take place on the Scottish west coast near the bay of Faslane and the village Coulport, due to the proximity of HM Naval Clyde Base.

Between the thrilling new trailer and cast chock-full of excellent dramatic actors, the show looks to be tense AF. In other words, Vigil will certainly fill the Line of Duty-shaped hole in your telly schedule.

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