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Vigil starring Suranne Jones — release date, cast, trailer, plot and everything you need to know

Suranne Jones in Vigil
Suranne Jones stars as DCI Amy Silver in Vigil. (Image credit: BBC/World Productions)

Vigil is a big new thriller starring Gentleman Jack actress Suranne Jones.

Written and created by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Edge (Judy, The Crown, Strike), it promises to be one of the best BBC dramas of 2021.

Revolving around the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine, it is sure to have viewers gripped when it hits our screens later this year.

Vigil release date...

The BBC is yet to reveal when Vigil will be released, however, it’s likely to be 2021.

What’s the plot of Vigil?

Former Coronation Street favourite Suranne Jones, who’ll also be seen soon in Gentleman Jack Season 2, stars as DCI Amy Silva. Silva is called in when there appears to be a link between the mysterious disappearance of a fishing boat and a death on a nuclear submarine. 

The two incidents lead to a clash between the Navy and the British security services. Silva begins an investigation on land and sea. And what she discovers is a conspiracy that threatens Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Is her life in danger? And can she crack the mystery before it’s too late?

Suranne Jones in Vigil.

Suranne Jones as DCI Amy Silva in Vigil. (Image credit: BBC)

Vigil cast...

Starring alongside Suranne Jones is Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie as DS Kirsten Longacre who helps Silva lead an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that goes to the very heart of Britain’s national security.

Line of Duty actor Martin Compston also stars while other cast includes Stephen Dillane (Game Of Thrones), Lolita Chakrabarti (Riviera), Daniel Portman (Game Of Thrones), Lorne MacFadyen (Grantchester), Stephen McCole (Save Me), Tom Gill (Peterloo), Lois Chimimba (Top Boy), Anita Vettesse (The Loch), Bobby Rainsbury (Call The Midwife), Cristian Ortega (Beats) and Lauren Lyle (Outlander).

Line of Duty's Martin Compston in upcoming BBC1 thriller Vigil.

Line of Duty's Martin Compston in upcoming BBC1 thriller Vigil. (Image credit: BBC)

Rose Leslie in Vigil.

Rose Leslie as DS Kirsten Longacre in Vigil. (Image credit: BBC)

Anjli Mohindra and Paterson Joseph in Vigil.

Anjli Mohindra and Paterson Joseph in Vigil. (Image credit: BBC)

Connor Swindells in Vigil.

Connor Swindells in Vigil. (Image credit: BBC)

How many parts is Vigil?

Six one-hour episodes. Filming had to be paused at one stage due to the pandemic, but it then resumed around Glasgow.

Is there a trailer for Vigil?

Yes, the BBC has just released a brand new trailer for Vigil, which sees Suranne Jones DCI Silva entering the submarine in grim circumstances as she tries to solve a mysterious death. Was it murder? And if someone did kill one of the crew, who is responsible? 

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