“Vigil”, a claustrophobic thriller aboard a submarine

A concentrate of British know-how in high-tension thrillers! Vigil, miniseries in 6 volumes broadcast this Thursday at 20h10 on Arte and available on Arte.tv by the producers of Line of Duty and Bodyguard, follows Amy (Suranne Jones, ex-Doctor Fosterand Gentleman Jack), a Scottish inspector sent to investigate aboard a military submarine following the suicide of one of the crew members while on patrol. The starting point of a thriller as breathless as it is suffocating, which seduced during its premiere at the opening of

Series Mania and its broadcast on the BBC this fall more than 10 million Britons.

The opening scene shows a trawler being speared by something and sinking inexorably into the depths of the ocean with all her crew. A knot away, the golden ear of HMS Vigil hears their distress call. Petty Officer Craig Burke (Martin Compston) argues that the ship should come to their rescue. He was met with a plea of ​​inadmissibility: the Vigil, which is part of the British nuclear deterrent force Trident, must not reveal its position, nor start the mercy of the building that sank the boat. Captain Newsome rushes Burke to his bunk to calm down. A moment later, a member of the crew discovers him dead, apparently the victim of a heroin overdose.

An investigation in a confined universe

Commander Amy Silva, of the Glasgow police, is airlifted aboard the spaceship to shed light on this death. A three-day mission in a confined, predominantly male universe, governed by iron discipline and hostile to the intervention of a female police officer in a military affair. An environment, moreover, which is not ideal for the one who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a tragedy which left her depressed and claustrophobic. Examination of Burke’s corpse quickly shows that the overdose was staged and that it is dealing with a murder.

A parallel investigation in the Scottish fjords

On dry land, Lieutenant Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie, sight in Downton Abbey and Games of Thrones), his teammate at the police station and in life, is carrying out investigations about a possible link between Burke’s murder and anti-nuclear activists. If Kirsten can send messages to the submarine, Amy does not have permission to communicate with the outside so as not to jeopardize the position of the ship.

Since no one wants to cooperate, such as Sherlock Holmes, Amy can only count on these capacities of deduction and observation to unmask the assassin. Like Doctor Watson, Kirsten Longacre will compete in ingenuity to send him useful information that only Amy can decipher. “For me, the biggest challenge in writing was to succeed in bringing these two worlds together, on land and under the sea, explains Tom Edge, the creator of the series in the file, by managing to hold a single and same story over the six episodes. »

Formally, a successful bias too: the Scottish fjords and the raw energy of Kirsten Longacre give oxygen to the claustrophobic promiscuity of the Vigil and to the character neurotic by Amy Silva

A tangle of intrigues mixing intimate and geopolitical

From this mysterious murder in the manner of the novels of Agatha Christie the creator of the series Tom Edge (who notably contributed to the writing of Lovesick or The Crown) will unfold throughout this investigation at two parts a tangle of dense and captivating intrigues conducted at full speed.

Vigil interweaves intimate and geopolitical. Tom Edge explores humans’ unfathomable ability to complicate a situation. He was interested in the scandals that shook the British Navy in recent years: failing submarines, crew members tested positive for cocaine, the Bugaled Breizh affair. He weaves his web from real facts such as the invasive presence of Russian buildings in the English Channel and the North Sea. Despite some convoluted twists and turns, Vigil is an underwater Cluedo that will keep you in awe for six episodes.