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How Was Vigil Filmed? Here Are The Secrets Of The Submarine Featured In The BBC Drama

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05.09.2021

Aside from the mystery surrounding Craig Burke’s murder, there’s been one other thing fans of pulse-racing new Naval thriller Vigil can’t stop talking about – the sets.

Suranne Jones’ new drama is set aboard the fictional HMS Vigil, a Trident nuclear submarine that is on a covert mission deep below the surface.

The world the show inhabits is dark, claustrophobic and unsettling, and it took a hell of a lot of work to authentically represent life on a submarine, particularly as set designers were not allowed access to blueprints of real boats to work from due to the often secret nature of the Navy’s work.

“You’re not allowed to have them,” reveals Suranne Jones, who plays DCI Amy Silva, who is sent on board the boat to investigate Burke’s untimely death.

“[The designers] had to be talked through what was there by people who had first-hand knowledge of submarines, and then come up with their own design off the back of that,” she explains.

They constructed a huge version of a submarine on a soundstage, which took up the entirety of the space, according to Adam James, who plays Lieutenant Commander Mark Prentice.

“The first couple of days on set were properly jaw........

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