Vigil: what’s new BBC series starring Martin Compston and Suranne Jones about - and how to watch trailer

The drama from the makers of Line of Duty is expected to come out in 2021

Fans of Martin Compston might be wondering when he will next appear on screen, as Line of Duty season six came to an end on Sunday 2 May.

Well, we won’t have to wait long - as the BBC has released the official trailer of its latest thriller series, Vigil, starring the Scottish actor.

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So, what is Vigil about and when will it be released? This is what you need to know.

Scottish actor Martin Compston stars in the latest BBC drama, from the producers of Line of Duty (Picture: BBC)

What is Vigil about?

From the makers of Line of Duty, Bodyguard and The Pembrokeshire Murders, Vigil is a thriller series set in Scotland.

The series follows DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) who is tasked with solving a suspicious death on-board HMS Vigil, a Royal Navy submarine, as well as the suspicious disappearance of a fishing trawler.

What is promised as a straightforward mission soon becomes a desperate attempt to uncover a dark conspiracy at the heart of the UK police force and the Royal Navy.

The story is set against the backdrop of Scotland’s nuclear deterrent, a politically divisive issue for some decades.

The five-part series was filmed in Scotland and supported by Screen Scotland.

Who is in the cast?

Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack) leads as DCI Silva, alongside Martin Compston (Line of Duty) as Craig Burke, a serving member of the Royal Navy.

Jones is accompanied by Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie, who will play her colleague DCI Kirsten Longacre.

The supporting cast includes Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard), Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones), Shaun Evans (Endeavour), Paterson Joseph (Safe House) and Connor Swindells (Sex Education).

Vigil is written and directed by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Edge and Bafta-winning director James Strong, alongside Isabelle Sieb.

The series is produced by Angie Daniell, Simon Heath and Jake Lushington for World Productions, and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC.

When will it be released?

The BBC announced the drama was in the making in January 2020, but the first Covid lockdown brought filming to a halt. Production of the series resumed in August.

While the trailer was released at the end of the final episode of Line of Duty season six on 2 May, there is still no official date for the thriller’s release.

It is expected that it will be released sometime in late 2021 and will air on BBC One.

This article will be updated when the release date is confirmed.

What happens in the trailer?

The official trailer shows the shock of DCI Silva when she is told she must join HMS Vigil, in a “perfectly safe” mission to uncover the truth of a shock death on-board the vessel.

But, according to Burke, there are at least 20 ways to kill the submarine’s crew, single-handed.

The deeper you go, the darker it gets.You can watch the trailer now, here.