At this stage of the year, Line Of Duty fans across the world will have already burned through season 6, leaving something of an unfulfilled desire during the interim period before season 7 drops. That’s where the six-part BBC police drama Vigil comes in – brought to you by the very same team behind the former, as well as Jed Mercurio’s other hit show starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, Bodyguard.
Headlined by Line Of Duty alum Martin Compston, Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack), and Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones), the upcoming series follows the mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler, and a suspicious death onboard the eponymous Trident nuclear submarine – HMS Vigil – bringing the police into conflict with both the Royal Navy and British security services.
Suranne Jones will portray DCI Amy Silva and Rose Leslie will portray DQ Kirsten Longacre – the characters charged with leading the investigation on land and sea, effectively positioning them on a direct collision course with a dark conspiracy which apparently goes to “the very heart of Britain’s national security.” Martin Compston, on the other hand, will portray what is ostensibly the opposition to Silva and Longacre as Chief Petty Officer Craig Burke.
“I think it was murder,” Jones’ DCI Amy Silva can be heard saying in the trailer above.
“If you’re asking who’s capable… Anybody,” responds Shaun Evans’ Chief Petty Officer Elliot Grover in a rather ominous fashion.
The series has been written + created by the BAFTA-winning Tom Edge – who has notably penned Lovesick, The Crown, Strike – and produced by the Tony Garnett-found company World Productions; the latter of which has, of course, been a crucial driving force behind Line Of Duty, Bodyguard, and plenty others.
Vigil will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on August 29th, and will land on Binge for Aussies the day after, August 30th.