Vigil series 2 first look as Suranne Jones drama returns to BBC One

Vigil season 2 confirmed!

Vigil will return to BBC One for a second series – here’s all we know so far.


The drama is made by World Productions (Line Of Duty, Bodyguard) and written and created by Bafta-nominated writer Tom Edge (Judy, The Crown, Strike) with episodes by Ed Macdonald (The End Of The F***ing World) and Chandni Lakhani (Dublin Murders).

The first series starred Suranne Jones (Gentleman Jack, Doctor Foster) as DCI Amy Silva who led an investigation into a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine.

Amy Silva (Suranne Jones), Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) seen confronting someone off camera in a forest
Amy Silva (Suranne Jones), Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie). Credit: BBC
Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) seen running through a forest looking concerned
Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie). Credit: BBC

What to expect from series two of Vigil?

The BBC have confirmed that Vigil will be back for a second series. The new series will have six episodes, once again written and created by Tom Edge and made by World Productions (Showtrial, Line of Duty, Bodyguard).

The second series will look to the skies, with a brand-new investigation that takes Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) and Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) into the world of the British air force.

A teaser shares: “Following multiple unexplained fatalities at a Scottish military facility, Silva and Longacre are tasked with uncovering the cause. Entering the hostile and closed ranks of the air force, the pair must face the deadly warfare of tomorrow as they fight for their own future.”

Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) seen holding onto a barred window
Amy Silva (Suranne Jones). Credit: BBC
Marcus Grainger (Dougray Scott) stood on a runway with two army soldiers standing behind him
Marcus Grainger (Dougray Scott). Credit: BBC

Alongside Suranne Jones and Rose Leslie, the cast of series two will feature Gary Lewis (His Dark Materials, Granite Harbour) who returns as DSU Robertson.


They will be joined for series two by Romola Garai (Becoming Elizabeth, The Hour), Dougray Scott (Crime, Enigma), Amir El-Masry (SAS Rogue Heroes, Limbo), David Elliot (The Liberator, Bulletproof), Chris Jenks (Sex Education, Karen Pirie), Tommy Sim’aan (The Midwich Cuckoos, Doctors), Oscar Salem (House of the Dragon, Des), Jonathan Ajayi (Noughts + Crosses) and Hiba Medina in her first major TV role, all playing key roles across the six new episodes.

The renewal follows Vigil becoming the UK’s most-watched new drama launch in three years (since Bodyguard in 2018) with an average of 12.6 million viewers based on 30-day viewing figures.

Watch Vigil on TV and online

Series two of Vigil will begin on TV later in 2023 with a start date to be announced.

Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie), Daniel Ramsay (Amir El-Masry) sat in an airport lounge
Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie), Daniel Ramsay (Amir El-Masry). Credit: BBC
Callum Barker (Chris Jenks) walking through an office
Callum Barker (Chris Jenks). Credit: BBC

Vigil series 1 premiered on BBC One in August 2021.

The full series is available to watch online via the BBC iPlayer here.

A full teaser for the first series reveals: “The mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death on-board a Trident nuclear submarine bring the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services.


“DCI Amy Silva leads an investigation on land and at sea into a conspiracy that threatens the very heart of Britain’s nuclear deterrent.”

Picture: BBC One