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Vigil on BBC One: When nuclear submarine drama is on, who’s in the cast and what’s it about?

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The latest BBC One drama Vigil follows a police investigation into a mysterious death aboard a nuclear submarine.

The six-part series is written and created by BAFTA-nominated writer Tom Edge and has a cast of stellar acting talent attached.

The series was filmed in Scotland and follows the death of a crew member onboard the Trident nuclear submarine HMS Vigil, while the submarine is still in operation as the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

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What’s it about?

The series blurb on the BBC website reads: “When a crew member is found dead on board the Trident nuclear submarine HMS Vigil, police in Scotland are called in to investigate.

“The catch? The UK’s nuclear deterrent must remain unbroken, so the submarine stays on patrol and Detective Chief Inspector Amy Silva must go aboard to begin an investigation.

“Although the death was written off as an accidental overdose, Amy suspects foul play.

“But when the crew close ranks in the face of Amy’s questioning, a new threat overshadows her inquiry.”

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The six-part series is written and created by BAFTA-nominated writer Tom Edge
The six-part series is written and created by BAFTA-nominated writer Tom Edge

When is it on?

The first episode will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 9pm on Sunday, August 29.

The second episode will follow at 9pm on the Bank Holiday Monday, August 30.

Vigil will then continue each Sunday night, with new episodes premiering weekly on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Who’s in the cast?

Suranne Jones steps into the shoes of DCI Amy Silva, a detective who finds herself at odds with both the Royal Navy and the British security services.



The series was filmed in Scotland
The series was filmed in Scotland

She is joined by Endeavour’s Shaun Evans, Line of Duty legend Martin Compston and The Leftovers and Peep Show’s Paterson Joseph.

There are also three Game of Thrones stars in the series: Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Stephen Dillane (Stannis) and Daniel Portman (Podrick).

The ensemble cast also features familiar face Connor Swindells from Sex Education, Adam James from I May Destroy You and Doctor Foster and Billy Elliot’s Gary Lewis.

Bodyguard’s Anjli Mohindra plus The Bill and Born to Kill’s Lolita Chakrabarti are also in the cast.

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