Line of Duty star Martin, best known for his cop character DI Steve Arnott, appeared very briefly in the drama this evening alongside Suranne Jones
Viewers of new BBC drama Vigil were left speechless as Martin Compston’s character died just eight minutes into the submarine thriller’s first episode.
Line of Duty star Martin, best known for his cop character DI Steve Arnott, appeared in the drama this evening alongside Suranne Jones.
But little did fans know that it was Compston’s character who would be killed off right at the start, with Suranne’s DCI Amy Silva investigating his death.
Fans flocked to Twitter to comment, with one writing: “Nice short role for Martin Comptson. #Vigil.”
While another commented: “Martin lasted long #vigil.”
A third wrote: “Thought I’d watch the start of #vigil @BBCOne then do something else and watch the lot tomorrow!! it grabbed my attention right away I’m glued to the telly now.”
“Not Martin Compston getting killed off in the first 10 mins,” another tweeted.
Another shocked fan wrote: “HE CAN’T DIE SO EARLY #Vigil.”
DCI Amy Silva will also look into the mysterious disappearance of a fishing trawler before darker things unravel.
Once in the depths of the ocean she struggles to cope mentally, and realises she’s in love with the female detective (played by Rose Leslie) who is helping her from dry land.
It comes after Suranne Jones admitted she found it “traumatic” to leave her family to film Vigil after the coronavirus lockdown.
“It wasn’t traumatic filming Vigil because I knew it was a love story at the heart and I knew where it was taking me,” the 42-year-old said.
“But leaving my family to go to film after we’d been locked down – that was more traumatic than the show.”
She continued to RadioTimes : “When we came back, the cast and the crew were very anxious because it was very new. We were one of the first productions back. The responsibility to be safe and produce a huge show was quite something.”
*Vigil returns next Sunday at 9pm on BBC One