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Virgil: BBC confirms start date for new thriller from makers of Line Of Duty starring Martin Compston and Suranne Jones

New thriller Vigil – starring Suranne Jones – will be surfacing very soon (Picture: BBC)

New BBC thriller Vigil, from the makers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard, will launch across consecutive nights this August bank holiday weekend, it has been revealed.

Episode one will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 9pm on Sunday 29 August, with episode two at 9pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 30 August, before continuing weekly on BBC One each Sunday night.

The six-part drama has a star-packed cast led by Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack), Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Martin Compston (Line of Duty), Shaun Evans (Endeavour) and Paterson Joseph (Peep Show).

The series covers the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death onboard Trident nuclear submarine HMS Vigil, which brings the police into conflict with the Royal Navy and British security services.

As the UK’s nuclear deterrent must remain unbroken, with the submarine staying on patrol, Detective Chief Inspector Amy Silva (Jones) is forced to go aboard to begin an investigation, which is supported by her colleague DS Kirsten Longacre (Leslie).

New details tease a little more of the plot, with the death being written off as an accidental overdose, but Amy suspects foul play – and when the crew close ranks in the face of her questioning, a new threat overshadows her inquiry.

DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) is suspicious (Picture: BBC)

A tense moment onboard HMS Vigil (Picture: BBC)

The series has previously been described as an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that goes to the very heart of Britain’s national security.

Vigil’s stellar ensemble cast also features Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard), Connor Swindells (Sex Education), Adam James (Doctor Foster), Gary Lewis (Outlander), Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones), Lolita Chakrabarti (Criminal: UK), Daniel Portman (another Game of Thrones alum), Lorne MacFadyen (Grantchester) and Lauren Lyle (Outlander).

Rose Leslie and Gary Lewis are detectives alongside Suranne Jones’ DCI Amy Silva (Picture: BBC)

Shaun Evans’ character serves in the Royal Navy (Picture: BBC)

The show is written and created by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Edge, with episodes by Ed Macdonald and Chandni Lakhani.

If further encouragement is needed to convince you, Vigil is directed by Bafta-winner James Strong, who worked on Broadchurch, as well as Shetland’s Isabelle Sieb.

Vigil is set and was filmed in Scotland, with shooting halted by the Covid-19 pandemic ahead of it sailing towards our screens later this month.

Vigil starts at 9pm, Sunday August 29, on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Credit: Original article published here.

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