The popular BBC show Vigil is set to return with its second series, featuring a fresh investigation that will see Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) and Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) take to the skies in the world of the British air force. The new chapter, produced by World Productions (known for Line of Duty, Showtrial, Save Me, Bodyguard) for BBC One, will shoot in Scotland soon and comprising six episodes.
The plot of series two centres on a military facility in Scotland where numerous fatalities have occurred under mysterious circumstances. Silva and Longacre are tasked with the challenge of divulging the reason behind such incidents. The pair must work within a hostile environment and navigate the complicated relationships among closed ranks of the air force, which puts their future in danger.
Vigil features Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Gentleman Jack) and Rose Leslie (Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones) reprising their roles. Also returning is Gary Lewis (His Dark Materials, Granite Harbour) in the role of DSU Robertson. The series welcomes new cast members Romola Garai (The Hour, Becoming Elizabeth), Dougray Scott (Enigma, Crime), Amir El-Masry (Limbo, SAS Rogue Heroes), David Elliot (Bulletproof, The Liberator), Chris Jenks (Karen Pirie, Sex Education), Tommy Sim’aan (Doctors, The Midwich Cuckoos), Oscar Salem (Des, House of the Dragon), Jonathan Ajayi (Noughts + Crosses), and Hiba Medina in her first significant TV role. All of these actors will play essential roles across the six new episodes.
The first series of Vigil premiered in 2018 and drew in over 13 million viewers. It was the highest-rated new drama in the UK since Bodyguard. Not only that, but the series won the International Emmy and also earned a BAFTA nod for Best Drama Series.
Suranne Jones says: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Vigil team again and continuing our story. We have brilliant new scripts and some amazing additions to the cast. Buckle up. It’s quite a ride”
Rose Leslie says: “I’m delighted to team up with Suranne again and continue Amy and Kirsten’s adventures through a second series of Vigil. Tom Edge has created another gripping case for us to grapple with in a whole new setting.”
Romola Garai says: “It’s a huge privilege to be welcomed in as a part of Vigil series two and to be playing such a layered, complex character. I can only hope to do justice to the shows continued fascinating, challenging and thrilling storytelling.”
Dougray Scott says: “I’m delighted to be joining the cast of Vigil series two – the first was so highly regarded and widely watched, and I’m really looking forward to collaborating with Tom Edge and Andy De Emmony. Suranne Jones and Rose Leslie are great talents and I’m excited to be working with them.”
Creator and writer Tom Edge says: “I’m delighted that Suranne and Rose are returning to reprise their roles as DCI Amy Silva and DI Kirsten Longacre, and am grateful to the BBC for the opportunity to take them on a thrilling new adventure. World Productions have built a fantastic reputation for twisting, turning thrillers and this one corkscrews with the best of them.”
Vigil (6×60’) series two is made by World Productions for the BBC. It is written and created by Tom Edge, with episodes by Maryam Hamidi, James Smythe and Ryan O’Sullivan & Matilda Wnek. Series two will be directed by Andy De Emmony (The Nest, The Last Kingdom). The Producer is Marcus Wilson (Doctor Who, Luther) and Associate Producer is George Aza-Selinger. Executive producers are Simon Heath and Jake Lushington for World Productions, Gaynor Holmes for the BBC, and Tom Edge. International distribution is handled by ITV Studios.
The fictional series will film in Scotland and Morocco from the Spring. Vigil series one is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
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