Submarine drama explores ‘isolating and tense’ life and demise at sea

LONDON – A brand new BBC drama starring Suranne Jones and Martin Compston takes viewers aboard HMS Vigil, a fictional Royal Navy submarine, and is tipped to be probably the most gripping TV exhibits of the yr.

Setting a movie or TV sequence at sea isn’t all the time a recipe for achievement, as anyone nonetheless recovering from 1997’s Velocity 2 will inform you. Thankfully, BBC One’s newest drama, which begins on Saturday, has snubbed unstoppable luxurious cruise ships in favour of a homicide thriller on board a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine.

Impressed by the UK’s real-life Trident fleet, the fictional HMS Vigil patrols British waters from a categorized location. 

It’s on the market someplace beneath the water’s floor, able to defend the nation by launching a thermonuclear warhead – ought to it ever be required.

In actuality, the very existence of a British nuclear deterrent is controversial – however this present’s goal isn’t to deal with that debate. As an alternative, it examines the human tales behind the British crew on board, who eat, sleep and work in shut quarters for months on finish.

Early within the first episode, one crew member is discovered useless – apparently after taking heroin. 

A police detective, DCI Amy Silva (performed by Jones), is tasked with investigating whether or not there was extra to his demise than meets the attention. She suspects there’s.

DCI Silva should board the submarine, interview crew members and search for clues in an effort to piece collectively what occurred within the hours earlier than the demise. HMS Vigil is a distinctly disagreeable place to conduct such an investigation, with no pure gentle and a relentless feeling of claustrophobia and isolation.

“Being trapped underneath the water, and Amy having face issues she hadn’t confronted, was a extremely attention-grabbing idea for me – on prime of it being a extremely good cop present,” Jones stated at Vigil’s London launch.

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