BBC Submarine Thriller 'Vigil' is Headed to Peacock This Month

Suranne Jones in "Vigil" (Photo: Peacock)

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Given the preponderance of streaming services that are available these days - and the breadth of Anglophile-related content spread across what feels like all of them - you might be forgiven for forgetting all about Peacock, NBC's streaming service that offers up exclusive programming in addition to next day availability for broadcast hits like This is Us. Yet, the platform has served as the home for several British imports, including Holliday Granger thriller The Capture and the comedy Hitmen, which stars former The Great British Baking Show favorites Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. 

But the platform has landed its most significant hit yet this month with the arrival of hit six-part thriller Vigil, a high stakes hit that was the BBC's most-watched new drama in three years when it aired back in August. 

Set onboard a nuclear submarine, the series follows the story of Detective Chief Inspector Amy Silva who is called aboard to investigate the mysterious death of a crew member on the Trident HMS Vigil. Though it was initially written off as accidental, Amy suspects foul play. However, her attempt to figure out what happened is hampered by the fact that the U.K.'s nuclear deterrent must not be broken, and the submarine must therefore stay on patrol. Forced to conduct her investigation on a submarine still on active duty, Amy finds herself facing new threats, from a crew that closes ranks in the face of her questioning to a conspiracy that may extend to the highest ranks of government. 

Gentleman Jack's Suranne Jones plays DCI Silva opposite Line of Duty's Martin Compston as the unfortunately deceased Chief Petty Officer Craig Burke, whose final days are explored in flashbacks. She's joined by Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones alum Rose Leslie, who plays Amy's partner Kirsten Longacre, who's assigned to chase leads on the ground in Scotland while Amy is onboard the Vigil

The rest of the series all-star ensemble cast includes Endeavour's Shaun EvansNoughts + Crosses' Paterson JosephPrentice's Adam James, and Sex Education's Connor Swindells as various members of the Vigil's crew. 

Watch the trailer for yourselves below. 

The six-episode series arrives on Peacock on Thursday, December 23. 

 Are you looking forward to giving Vigil a try? Let's discuss in the comments. 

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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