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Vigil Review: Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again!


Suranne Jones’ DCI Silva is back on another ludicrously dangerous case that might just make the perfect pre-Christmas binge.

Rose Leslie and Suranne Jones in the Vigil series 2 poster
Photo: World Productions LTD, Nicky Hamilton

This spoiler-free review is based on the three episodes made available to preview.

Between Christmas specials and twinkly festive ads, TV can get cloying at this time of year. What’s needed to cut through the Baileys truffle eggnog of it all is a show from the ice-cold ‘Send a Team to the Perimeter’ genre. Action! Intrigue! Explosions! Cliff-hangers! A formula that keeps us alert while while the rest of the season gently cosies us to sleep.

Vigil is exactly that show. Airing on consecutive nights and available to stream in three-episode chunks released a week apart, it’s a shot in the arm for the Christmas TV schedule and makes a solid binge-watch.

It’s a couple of years after DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) closed the case on HMS Vigil – the nuclear submarine beset by a Russian-sponsored saboteur – and she’s in a better place now. Well, it’s still Glasgow, but instead of being alone and traumatised by the car accident in which she lost her fiancé, she’s back with girlfriend DI Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) with whom she has custody of her stepdaughter and a baby on the way.

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