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The BBC has announced a new thriller from the makers of Line of Duty, and it sounds like it’s going to be just as addictive. Here’s everything we know so far about Vigil, including a first look at the gripping trailer. 

Now that Line Of Duty is over, it’s time for a new, addictive thriller. Cue: Suranne Jones (Dr Foster, Gentleman Jack, Scott & Bailey), who is set to return to our screens shortly in a new six-part BBC drama, Vigil. And if Jones’ involvement isn’t enough to get you excited, it’s being made by the same people behind LOD and Bodyguard.

What is Vigil about?

The series will follow the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine, which brings the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services. DCI Amy Silva (Jones) leads an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that threatens the very heart of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

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Who stars in Vigil?

Jones will be in very good company. The drama also stars Martin Compston, who TV fans of course know and love best as Steve Arnott in LODGame of Thrones star Rose Leslie, Shaun Evans (Endeavour, Whitechapel) and Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard, Bancroft) also join the amaing cast.

Who created Vigil?

Vigil is written and created by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Edge (Judy, The Crown, Strike), with episodes by Ed Macdonald (The End of The F***ing World) and Chandni Lakhani (Dublin Murders). The drama will be directed by James Strong (Broadchurch, Vanity Fair, Liar) and Isabelle Sieb (Shetland, The Athena).

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Speaking about her new role, Jones recently said in a press statement: “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.”

Suranne Jones in Vigil
Vigil: Suranne Jones stars in the new BBC series.

Leslie added: “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. It will be a real honour to work with Suranne and I am looking forward to be filming back in Scotland.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, has desctibed ir as a” fantastic, adrenalised thriller set in a shadowy world which has stakes for us all”.

Consider us obsessed. 

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When does Vigil start?

The trailer for Vigil premiered after the season finale of Line Of Duty on Sunday 2 May. Although a release date hasn’t been confirmed, it’s likely to fill the Sunday slot on BBC One over the coming weeks or months. 

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Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…

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