Vigil: a breathtaking thriller, to watch now and for free on Arte.Tv (review)

Vigil
ITV Studios

A breathless, claustrophobic dive in a Royal Navy submarine. A suffocating thriller.

While waiting for its linear broadcast on Arte, on Thursday January 13 and 20, Vigil is already available from today on Arte.Tv. All six episodes of the English event series are free to watch and this is an opportunity not to be missed! Because this British military thriller, which opened the Séries Mania 2021 festival, had the effect of a bombshell across the Channel this fall, causing BBC audiences to explode as Bodyguard at the time …

Vigil, it is the story of a building on a secret defense mission, which disintegrates from the inside after the sudden murder of a crew member. HMS Vigil, a major element of British nuclear deterrence, was patrolling off the coast of Scotland, when a trawler above her was brutally dragged down by the bottom, drowned in a few seconds. While the Submarine Commander refuses to go to help the poor fishermen, Officer Craig Burke rebels and is sent back to his quarters. A few hours later, he was found dead in his bed …

If we had been in Hollywood, this is the NCIS who would have investigated. But the producers of the spectacular Bodyguard had a much more exciting idea: to send the local Scottish police! It is therefore a lambda inspector, Amy Silva, who finds herself propelled into this floating powder magazine, to try to find the culprit, 20,000 leagues under the sea. This is how it plays out at the heart of Vigil a most joyful struggle for influence and power. Who is in charge? Does the Royal Navy’s mission put its crew above the law?

Vigil
ITV Studios

Above all, director James Strong understood that this naval setting was the number 1 asset of his mini-series. We explore the building up and down, we walk through its cramped corridors, its low ceiling. We discover its every nook and cranny, how it works, and especially its anxiety-inducing side. The atmosphere quickly becomes unbreathable. Claustrophobic refrain!

The excellent Suranne Jones (Doctor foster) tries to stay afloat in this suffocating universe if there is one, while from dry land, Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones) gives him a welcome helping hand. An extraordinary investigation for this military thriller mixed with geopolitical tensions, which has everything to keep your head underwater …

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