The series follows DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones), as she’s helicoptered and locked into a working submarine to investigate foul play on board. She soon finds things a little more mysterious than first thought.
Is Vigil based on a true story?
The short answer is no.
Creator and writer of Vigil, Tom Edge, used artistic licence to tell a fictional story based on real-life issues.
Speaking at a press event for the show, Edge said: “I think over the next 10 years submarine warcraft is going to dominate in a way they haven’t been thought about for a while.”
The show will explore the ethical questions raised by the existence of a nuclear deterrent submarine programme, and the spiralling costs of submarines.
The peace camp in Vigil is inspired by the real-life Faslane peace camp, which is located next to Faslane Naval base in Scotland - the home of the Trident nuclear programme.
The drama series also examines the psychological impact on submariners after being on duty underwater for long periods of time.
Is HMS Vigil a real ship?
HMS Vigil is not a real ship.
Vigil is a fictional Vanguard-class submarine of the Royal Navy.
The Vanguard class is a class of nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines currently in service with the Royal Navy. They form part of the Trident nuclear programme.
The programme comprises four submarines: Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant and Vengeance.
What does vigil mean?
Vigil means the act of keeping awake at times when sleep is customary.
The word also means an event or a period of time when a person or group stays in a place and quietly waits.
What is the plot of Vigil?
Vigil fellows DCI Amy Silva and her team investigating on land and at sea a conspiracy that threatens the very heart of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.
The series is set in Scotland and follows the events after a fishing trawler goes missing and a death occurs on-board a Trident nuclear submarine.
When does Virgil start on BBC?
The first episode of Vigil will air on Sunday 29 August on BBC One at 9:00pm.
The second episode will air the following night on Monday 30 August on BBC One at 9:00pm.
The following episodes will air each week on Sunday evenings from then onwards.