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What Is Vigil On BBC One About? Cast And Release Date, From Line Of Duty Creators

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What Is Vigil On BBC One About? Cast And Release Date, From Line Of Duty Creators

BBC One has just released a tense first trailer of Vigil, the forthcoming thriller series from the makers of Line of Duty, BBC One has released a tense first trailer of Vigil, the forthcoming thriller series which stars Martin Compston, Surranne Jones and Rose Leslie.

The chilling new series, from the makers of Line of Duty, follows the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board Naval submarine - HMS Vigil.

The series is said to bring its viewers a rare insight into Britain's Trident nuclear deterrent programme, as the investigation brings police into conflict with the Navy and British security services.

Suranne Jones and Rose Leslie lead the cast and the storyline, as their characters pursue a conspiracy that goes to the very heart of Britain's national security.

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"Vigil is a fantastic, adrenalised thriller set in a shadowy world which has stakes for us all," said Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama.

Here's a first look at the new series, and everything you need to know about it.

Vigil cast led by Suranne Jones and Rose Leslie

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Filmed in Scotland, Vigil stars Dr Foster's Suranne Jones as DCI Amy Silva; Line of Duty's Martin Compston as Craig Burke, a serving member of the Royal Navy, and Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie as DS Kirsten Longacre.

Doctor Foster's Suranne Jones stars as DCI Amy Silva in Vigil - the BBC's new thriller coming in 2021 ' Credit: BBC/Gareth King
Doctor Foster's Suranne Jones stars as DCI Amy Silva in Vigil - the BBC's new thriller coming in 2021 ' Credit: BBC/Gareth King

"Amy Silva is a brilliantly complex character, thrown into a highly charged situation where her authority is weakened," said Jones. "We watch as she navigates her own personal trauma and loss, all at a time when she's questioning her relationships and life choices."

"I was weaned on BBC drama and it is thrilling to be back working at a place that feels like home with Tom Edge's complex and gripping script," said Rose Leslie who, like Compston, is Scottish born and bred.

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Vigil's elite cast also features Shaun Evans (Endeavour), Paterson Joseph (Safe House), Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard), Paterson Joseph (Noughts + Crosses), Connor Swindells (Sex Education), Adam James (Doctor Foster), Gary Lewis (Outlander), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones).

Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie stars in Vigil - the BBC's new thriller ' Credit: BBC/Gareth King
Game of Thrones' Rose Leslie stars in Vigil - the BBC's new thriller ' Credit: BBC/Gareth King

The six-part series is written and created by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Edge (The Crown), with episodes by Ed Macdonald (The End Of The F***ing World) and Chandni Lakhani (Dublin Murders). The directors are Bafta-winner James Strong (Broadchurch), and Isabelle Sieb (The Athena).

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Vigil is produced by Angie Daniell (Ashes), executive produced by Simon Heath (Line of Duty) and Jake Lushington (The Inner Circle) for World Productions, Gaynor Holmes (Waterloo Road) for the BBC, James Strong (Liar) and Tom Edge.

Anjil Mohindra and Paterson Joseph in Vigil ' Credit: BBC/Gareth King
Anjil Mohindra and Paterson Joseph in Vigil ' Credit: BBC/Gareth King

A 'rare' insight into national security at sea

"'The 'Continuous At Sea Deterrent', better known as 'Trident', has been a contentious part of national life for half a century now, a stock of nuclear missiles kept hundreds of feet below the sea surface. But this world has rarely been explored on screen," said writer Tom Edge.

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Suranne Jones as DCI Amy Silva in Vigil ' Credit: BBC/Gareth King
Suranne Jones as DCI Amy Silva in Vigil ' Credit: BBC/Gareth King

"I can't wait to take a BBC One audience down with us, into the pitch-black icy waters of the unseen Atlantic, where tomorrow's geopolitical struggles are already being played out."

"Tom Edge has created a thrill of a story, set in a world I knew nothing about," said Jones.

BBC Vigil Release Date

The BBC hasn't set a date for the six-part series yet, but it's confirmed that Vigil will air "later this year" on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

We'll bring you more information about the sure-hit series as and when we get it.

Featured Image Credit: BBC/Gareth King

Topics: BBC, TV & Film

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