Vigil viewers are stunned by a huge twist just a few minutes into the BBC One thriller

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Warning: This contains spoilers for episode one of Vigil.

The first episode of BBC One's Vigil really didn't hold back, shocking viewers within the first few minutes.

The show sees Suranne Jones as police detective Amy Silva who is parachuted onto HMS Vigil, a military submarine, to investigate a crew member's death onboard.

Also starring in the series is Line of Duty's Martin Compston, Bodyguard's Anjli Mohindra, Sex Education's Connor Swindells, and Game of Thrones stars Rose Leslie and Daniel Portman.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Viewers were utterly shocked when Martin Compston's character, Chief Petty Officer Craig Burke, was found dead within the first few minutes of the opening episode.

What starts out as quite an obvious cause of death quickly turns into a murder investigation in which Silva gets very little support from the vessel's captain and senior officers.

But viewers just couldn't believe it. One wrote on Twitter: "I am watching #Vigil purely for Martin Compston and he dies within the first 8 minutes, I haven't been this upset since the Line of Duty finale."

Another viewer thinks we're all being trolled: "Waited for Martin Compston in #Vigil since the Line of Duty finale fiasco and 8 minutes in and they've killed him off. The writer is absolutely laughing his head off at us isn't he."


While there are many jokes on social media about Line of Duty's H getting in there and finishing the job off by killing Compston's character, it does seem like there are going to be many twists and turns before the mystery is solved.

The opening episode of the six-part thriller didn't stop moving the whole way through and there was not a minute to ponder who did it – mainly because by the end of the hour, it looks like any of the crew could have.

Vigil continues tomorrow (August 30) on BBC One at 9pm.

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