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Just how realistic is hit TV show Vigil? Norfolk submariners give their...

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Murder, espionage and forbidden relationships certainly makes for a great thriller. But how realistic is Vigil's depiction of life working as a submariner?

The secretive world of submarines has been brought to life through hit BBC drama Vigil and it's become the most-watched show this year.

It follows the story of a Royal Navy nuclear submarine, as police detectives attempt to unravel the mysterious death of a crew member.

Suranne Jones stars as a police detective in the series - Credit: BBC/World Productions

Its final episode airs on Sunday, September 26, having ended on a nerve-wracking cliffhanger in the penultimate episode.

It's an intriguing plot, but one that's likely far from reality.

Commander Tom Herman OBE, 65, has over 40 years experience serving in the Royal Navy as a submariner, and was captain of the HMS Opossum and HMS Renown. He is now head of the Norfolk branch of the Submariners Association.

Commander Herman served as captain on HMS Opposum - Credit: Provided by Richard Glover

"It's completely unrealistic. The........

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