Vigil season 2: potential plot, cast speculation and all we know

Vigil season 2
Vigil will return for a new series, but will Suranne Jones be back? (Image credit: BBC)

Vigil season 2 has now been officially confirmed by the BBC and we have to say we're fully on board!

The first series saw DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) board a nuclear submarine to investigate a death, before uncovering a mysterious international conspiracy that threatened the lives of everyone on board. 

It was a massive hit, with more than 10 million viewers tuning in to watch the first episode in the week following its release, making the show the most successful original drama since Bodyguard launched in 2018. 

Now creator Tom Edge has penned a second series. Here's everything we know so far...

'Vigil' season 2 release date

Vigil season 2 is now officially in the works and the production timeline points to either a 2023 release date, however when we know more we'll let you know. 

The BBC has confirmed that the second is six one-hour parts, with a press release stating...

"Vigil (6x60’) series 2 is written and created by Tom Edge and made by World Productions (Showtrial, Line of Duty, Bodyguard) for BBC One and iPlayer. It is executive produced by Simon Heath and Jake Lushington for World Productions, Gaynor Holmes for BBC and Tom Edge. Vigil is supported by the National Lottery through Screen Scotland. International distribution is handled by ITV Studios."

Vigil season 2 plot

Creator Tom Edge has dropped a few hints that he will look for a different setting, which is hardly surprising as it would be odd if it was on a submarine again!

“We have probably told as many of the stories as we would wish to tell on a submarine,” he told Radio Times (opens in new tab). “But some of the characters that we have developed as we’ve made it, they feel like characters that we’d love to burrow into. So if there’s a will to do it from everyone else then certainly I would be up for it.”

His comments leave the door open for leading characters like DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones), DS Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) and Elliot Glover (Shaun Evans) to return.

Vigil season 2 cast

There's no official confirmation from the BBC, but it seems likely that Suranne Jones will be back as DCI Amy Silva, and Rose Leslie will return as her lover, DS Kirsten Longacre.

Viewers really warmed to the pair during the first season and we'd certainly like to see how their relationship develops. 

Meanwhile, aboard Vigil, Commander Neil Newsome (Paterson Joseph), coxswain Elliot Glover (Shaun Evans), medic Tiffany Docherty (Anjli Mohindra), Lieutenant Simon Hadlow (Connor Swindells), CPO Gary Walsh (Daniel Portman) and CPO Tara Kierly (Lois Chimimba) are among those who did survived and could feature in a second series. 

Navy personnel, Rear Admiral Shaw (Stephen Dillane) and Lieutenant Commander Erin Branning (Lolita Chakrabarti) could also feature.

Yet with creator Tom Edge hinting at a change of scenery and a host of characters not making it to the end of the first series, it seems certain there'll be plenty of new faces on show when the drama eventually returns.

Is there a trailer?

Sadly not yet, but we'll be sure to post it here as soon as one (ahem) surfaces. 

Sean Marland
Feature writer for TV Times, What's On TV, TV & Satellite Week and whattowatch.com

Sean has been writing about all things telly for over 10 years and in that time he's been lucky enough to interview stars like Ian McKellen, Tom Hardy and Kate Winslet. His favourite shows are The Great British Bake-Off, People Just Do Nothing and Succession and in his spare time he enjoys drinking tea, doing crosswords and watching football.