The first trailer for BBC thriller Vigil looks so tense

Zoe Shenton
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Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

If you absolutely couldn't get enough of Suranne Jones in Doctor Foster or Martin Compston in Line of Duty, you're going to be all over this upcoming series from the BBC.

The new six-part thriller, titled Vigil, features an all-star cast and focuses on the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a submarine, which leads to the police coming into conflict with the Navy and British security services. Sounds good, right?

Who stars in BBC's Vigil?

The project boasts some very impressive actors. As well as Martin Compston and Suranne Jones, other stars include Game of Thrones actor Rose Leslie, Endeavour's Shaun Evans, Bodyguard actor Anjli Mohindra, The Leftovers star Paterson Joseph, Sex Education's Connor Swindells, Doctor Foster's Adam James and His Dark Materials Gary Lewis.

More recent casting news includes the likes of Game of Thrones star Stephen Dillane, Riviera's Lolita Chakrabarti, Grantchester's Lorne MacFadyen, Save Me's Stephen McCole, Peterloo's Tom Gill and Top Boy's Lois Chimimba.

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What is BBC's Vigil about?

According to the Beeb, "DCI Amy Silva [Suranne] leads an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that threatens the very heart of Britain’s nuclear deterrent."

Photo credit: Gareth King/ BBC
Photo credit: Gareth King/ BBC

Vigil is written and created by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Edge (Judy, The Crown, Strike) and is directed by Bafta-winner James Strong (Broadchurch, Vanity Fair, Liar) and Isabelle Sieb (Shetland, The Athena).

What has Suranne Jones said about BBC's Vigil?

When the show was commissioned, Suranne shared: "Tom Edge has created a thrill of a story, set in a world I knew nothing about. The cast and crew World Productions have put together to tell this story is so exciting. Amy Silva is a brilliantly complex character, thrown into a highly charged situation where her authority is weakened. We watch as she navigates her own personal trauma and loss, all at a time when she’s questioning her relationships and life choices."

In August, Suranne also posted the very first picture from set showing her in character as DCI Amy Silva:

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When will Vigil be on TV?

There's no confirmed date yet, but we can expect it to land before the end of 2021.

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