Arte is broadcasting this Thursday evening the first episodes of “Vigil”, a thriller behind closed doors carried by Suranne Jones and Rose Leslie, which sees a cop being sent in a military submarine to investigate a suspicious death.
What is it about ?
How does the disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and the death of an individual aboard a nuclear submarine create a conflict between the local police, the Royal Navy and the British intelligence services?
Thursdays January 12 and 19 on Arte and available until February 18 on Arte.tv.
Who is it with?
Created by Tom Edge and produced by the producers of Bodyguard, Vigil brings together a 5-star cast, headlined by Suranne Jones, who plays investigator Amy Silva. The British actress notably distinguished herself in Doctor Foster and Gentleman Jack, two critically acclaimed series.
By his side, Game of Thrones fans will be able to find Rose Leslie (Ygrid), who will help Amy on earth, and Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon).
Morse’s Mysteries star Shaun Evans is also in the cast, as is Connor Swindells, who we recently saw on Sex Education. Paterson Joseph (Timeless), Gary Lewis (Colum MacKenzie in Outlander) and Adam James (Band of Brothers) complete the cast.
Well worth a look ?
If there is one area in which English productions excel, it is crime series. Broadchurch, The Fall, Luther, Bodyguard and so many others have left their mark and are still references in the field today. And Vigil is no exception.
Straight from the brain of Tom Edge, a screenwriter who previously worked on The Crown, this 6-episode mini-series is a gripping and rhythmic thriller whose originality lies in a major twist: the investigation that the character must carry out embodied by Suranne Jones takes place in a nuclear submarine (claustrophobic refrain).
The investigator, who has to face the ill will of the Royal Navy and especially its impossibility of communicating with the surface, the building having to remain invisible to the eyes of the enemies, will mission one of her former colleagues/lovers, so that she assists him in his investigation by gathering information on dry land. Information that she will have to send him by coded message so as not to be intercepted by those responsible for the submarine.
Over the course of the episodes, and as the suspects multiply, Amy Silva and her teammates will discover that they are not just dealing with a simple murder case… A real success across the Channel, the series having become the most watched Since Bodyguard, the screenwriters of Vigil offer us here a complex plot, with many cogs, which manages the feat of never getting lost despite the many reversals of situation that punctuate the series.
If the quality of Vigil lies in its particularly gripping scenario (just the opening scene is worth the detour), the cast of the series is not left out. Suranne Jones is perfect in the role of this investigator victim of anxiety attacks, under antidepressants and completely foreign to the military environment, who will have to face her traumas in order to discover what really happened in this sub- marine.
In short, Vigil is a captivating and thrilling thriller based on a five-star cast, which keeps us spellbound from start to finish thanks to its intrigues which skillfully mix geopolitics and espionage while offering us deep and well-constructed characters.