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Suranne Jones reliably brilliant in thrilling submarine murder thriller Vigil

It’s unclear what’s most horrifying – her claustrophobic cabin, being lowered on to the sub from a helicopter, or the struggle to fit all her gear in one tiny kit bag

New thriller Vigil is delighting viewers with a gripping storyline about a murder investigation aboard a top-secret submarine

It’s a dirty TV trick and we fall for it every time. If you cast a famous actor in a big new show, we’ll be dumbstruck when you kill them off within minutes.

That’s what happened in BBC1’s exciting submarine thriller, Vigil, which began last Sunday and continued on Bank Holiday Monday.

Line of Duty’s Martin Compston played officer Craig Burke and was billed as one of the leading stars in the series.

But Compston proved to be the show’s first red herring – Burke is found dead shortly after questioning his commander’s decisions, and just like that he’s written out of the show.

Some fans were a little miffed they wouldn’t see Martin in action as the story unfolded, others were too busy shouting on Twitter to follow the rest of the plot.

But I loved the twist, especially because it meant I had no idea where this story was going next.

It wasn’t long before the cavalry arrived – razor-sharp cop DCI Amy Silva (played by the reliably brilliant Suranne Jones) is sent to live on board for a few days, conducting a thorough investigation amid a critical mission.









It’s unclear what’s most horrifying – her claustrophobic cabin, being lowered on to the sub from a helicopter, or the struggle to fit all her gear in one tiny kit bag.

Nobody wants to answer Silva’s questions and she becomes even more unpopular as she realises this is a murder enquiry, not an accidental death.

The shiftier the crew become, the more complicated and tangled the case proves to be, and there are big secrets waiting to be revealed.

Silva must do her best in her pursuit of the truth, while coping with a power outage to the submarine and ­distressing memories triggered by being underwater.

She’s one of those fearless TV types who fights on regardless – I’d be wrapped in the duvet in tears an hour into this horrible job.

The only person on Silva’s side is her partner and colleague Kirsten (Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie), who is assisting with the investigation on dry land.

She finds an incriminating USB stick hidden in a chair leg.

Does anybody use USB sticks any more? Well, apparently they do if they want to leave an important message
from beyond the grave.

Spoiler alert: two episodes in and Suranne Jones has managed to keep her character alive.

Phew. Let’s see what ­the next episode has in store…



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