‘Vigil’ trailer: ‘Endeavour’ and ‘Gentleman Jack’ stars lead new submarine drama

A number of period drama faces appear in the first trailer for Vigil.

From the makers of Bodyguard, Line Of Duty, and The Pembrokeshire Murders, the upcoming six-part drama begins in the UK later this month.

Leading the cast are Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack), Rose Leslie (Downton Abbey), Shaun Evans (Endeavour), Paterson Joseph (The Hollow Crown), and Martin Compston (Victoria).

The official synopsis 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 (Suranne Jones) 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.”

Vigil is created by Tom Edge, who has previously written episodes of The Crown and Strike, as well as the hit movie Judy.

Edge commented: “The ‘Continuous At Sea Deterrent’, better known as ‘Trident’, has been a contentious part of national life for half a century now, a stock of nuclear missiles kept hundreds of feet below the sea surface.

“But this world has rarely been explored on screen. I can’t wait to take a BBC One audience down with us, into the pitch-black icy waters of the unseen Atlantic, where tomorrow’s geopolitical struggles are already being played out.”

Watch the trailer:


Vigil will premiere on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday 29th August.

The second instalment will air the following night at 9pm on the Bank Holiday Monday.

The show will continue on Sunday nights through September, with each episode then available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Suranne Jones will also be back on our screens soon in the long-awaited second season of Gentleman Jack!

Discussing her role in Vigil, Suranne Jones said: “Amy Silva is a brilliantly complex character, thrown into a highly charged situation where her authority is weakened.”

She added: “We watch as she navigates her own personal trauma and loss, all at a time when she’s questioning her relationships and life choices.”

The cast of Vigil also includes Anjli Mohindra, Connor Swindells, Adam James, Gary Lewis, Stephen Dillane, Lolita Chakrabarti, Daniel Portman, Lorne MacFadyen and Lauren Lyle .

A broadcaster for Vigil in the US hasn’t yet been announced, but we expect it to arrive in America later this year on BritBox or Netflix.

Gentleman Jack is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.