Vigil: The gripping new BBC thriller starring Suranne Jones

Fans of Line of Duty and Bodyguard are in for a real treat this year as a brand new thriller by the makers of the two hit dramas is coming to the BBC.

Vigil, a six-part series with a star-studded cast led by Suranne Jones, is the latest commission by the broadcaster and judging by the talent involved it is set to be a new favourite.

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The fictional series is written and created by BAFTA-nominated writer Tom Edge, whose work includes Judy, The Crown and Strike, and it will be directed by BAFTA-winner James Strong, behind ITV’s Broadchurch, Vanity Fair, Liar. 

So, what’s it all about? Here’s what we know so far…

The plot

The drama is based on the disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on a Trident nuclear submarine which brings the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services. The protagonist, DCI Amy Silva (played by Suranne Jones), is the lead on the investigation which takes place on land and sea and things soon escalate, seriously threatening Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

Explaining the premise of the show and her role, Suranne said: ‘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. It feels fresh and relevant and I can’t wait to start filming.’

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The cast

As well as Suranne, the cast is made up of Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones, The Good Fight), Shaun Evans (Endeavour, Whitechapel), Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard, Bancroft), Martin Compston (Line of Duty, Mary Queen of Scots), Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers, Peep Show), Connor Swindells (Sex Education, Jamestown), Adam James (Doctor Foster, Deep State), and Gary Lewis (His Dark Materials, Billy Elliot).

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Meet the cast 🎥🎥🎥 BBC One's new thriller ‘Vigil’ – from the makers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard. Created by BAFTA-nominated writer Tom Edge (Judy, The Crown), Vigil sees the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine bring the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services. In the aftermath, DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) leads an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that threatens the very heart of Britain’s nuclear deterrent. ‘Tom Edge has created a thrill of a story, set in a world I knew nothing about," said Jones. "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.” Vigil will be written by Edge, Ed Macdonald (The End of the F***ing World) and Chandni Lakhani (Dublin Murders), and directed by James Strong (Broadchurch) and Isabelle Sieb (Shetland). 🎥 🎥 @bbcone for more details

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The air date

Vigil is set to be filmed in Scotland but is currently in the pre-production stage meaning we’ll have to wait patiently for a confirmed air date. But we do know that Vigil won’t be hitting our screens anytime soon.