Vigil Review

Vigil Review

Today, Binge fast-tracks the new BBC thriller Vigil.

When we begin Virgil, we are thrown into the deep end when a crew member is found dead on board the Trident nuclear submarine, HMS Virgil, and police in Scotland are called in to investigate. But there’s a catch – the UK’s nuclear deterrent must remain unbroken and so the submarine has to stay on patrol. Detective Chief Inspector Amy Silva (Suranne Jones Doctor Foster) must go aboard to begin the investigation with only three days to solve it. However, there’s more to the death than everyone was initially led to believe.

Assisting Amy on land is DS Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie, Game of Thrones and The Good Fight), who pursues a cover-up in the Royal Navy. In a male dominated world, Amy more than holds her own against Commander Neil Newsome (Paterson Joseph), and Lieutenant Commander Mark Prentice (Adam James), but she’s also been through her own trauma, which is explored through flashbacks.

Writer Tom Edge certainly keeps viewers on the edge of their seats with an opening episode that hooks with plenty of action and plot twists, leaving viewers begging for more.

There’s lots of talent involved here, with Suzanne Jones once again deeply compelling, and Rose Leslie captivating. Rounding out the cast is Martin Compston (Line of Duty, Anjli Mohindra,, (Bodyguard) Connor Swindells (Sex Education), and Daniel Portman (Game Of Thrones).

The Brits certainly know how to deliver gripping drama and this may just be the best British crime drama of the year.

4.5 Stars

Vigil drops the first two episodes today and tomorrow, with new episodes airing on Binge each Monday until September 27.