When does Vigil start, what is the new thriller about and who is in the cast with Suranne Jones?

13 May 2021, 14:59

Suranne Jones and Martin Compston are starring in the new drama Vigil
Suranne Jones and Martin Compston are starring in the new drama Vigil. Picture: BBC

When is the Vigil BBC release date and what is it about? Find out everything...

Earlier this year, BBC announced their brand new show Vigil starring Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones.

While the pandemic put a temporary stop to production, the series should be coming to our screens later this year.

But when does Vigil start and what is it about?

When does Vigil start?

Vigil is a thriller set to air on BBC One and was created by the writers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard.

While an air date is yet to be revealed, we’re hoping it will be on our screens this Spring.

There will be six episodes in total which all last for an hour.

What is Vigil about?

The series looks at the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler.

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According to the synopsis, a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine bring the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services.

DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) then leads an investigation into a conspiracy that threatens the very heart of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

Rosie Leslie stars as Kirsten Longacre in the cast of Vigil
Rosie Leslie stars as Kirsten Longacre in the cast of Vigil. Picture: BBC

Who is in the cast of Vigil?

Suranne Jones is playing DCI Amy Silva after previously starring in dramas such as Gentleman Jack and Doctor Foster.

The drama also stars Line of Duty’s Martin Compston and Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie, as well as Shaun Evans (Endeavour, Whitechapel), Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard, Bancroft), Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers, Peep Show), Connor Swindells (Sex Education, Jamestown), Adam James (Belgravia, Doctor Foster), and Gary Lewis (His Dark Materials, Billy Elliot).

Speaking about her role, Suranne said: “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. It feels fresh and relevant and I can’t wait to start filming.”

Writer Tom Edge added: “I'm completely thrilled to be making this series with the talented people at World Productions and BBC Drama. 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.”

Is there a trailer for Vigil?

Yes, the trailer dropped on Sunday, 2nd May, which was also the same day that the sixth series of Line of Duty finished.

The moody clip sees Suranne making her way into the HMS Vigil ahead of her investigation and features some very tense clips.

Watch the whole trailer above.

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