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Vigil viewers spot series of blunders as they slam ‘terrible’ finale

BBC viewers tuning into the sixth and final episode of Vigil were less than impressed on Sunday evening as the tense drama came to a close

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Viewers tuning into the final episode of Vigil on Sunday evening were not impressed with how the BBC series ended.

The six-part drama, which comes from the makers of Line of Duty, is set on a submarine which is carrying Trident nuclear weapons.

DCI Silva, played by Suranne Jones, was sent down to investigate the murder of Martin Compston’s character, Craig Burke.

However, she soon discovered that there was more to the death than meets the eye and became wary of the crew on board.

The first half of the sixth episode saw her trapped in a torpedo, and when she was finally saved by Lieutenant Commander Mark Prentice, he ended up being stabbed to death by Matthew Doward.



Viewers tuning into the final episode of Vigil on Sunday evening were not impressed with how the BBC series ended
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Luckily, the submarine crew were able to apprehend Matthew and he explained how Jackie Hamilton had been instructed to kill Craig Burke so that he could come onboard.

During his questioning at the police station, he implied the whole plot had been a political PR stunt, leaving DCI Silva frustrated.

He said he wouldn’t be gaining anything from the Russians by helping them, except a way home.

Elsewhere, Detective Sergeant Kirsten Longacre (Rose Leslie) caught Ben Oakley (Cal MacAninch) who was arrested for the conspiracy of murdering Jade Antoniak (Lauren Lyle).



DCI Silva was finally saved by Lieutenant Commander Mark Prentice after being trapped in a torpedo
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He admitted it was Peter Ingles (Sam Redford) who had killed the political activist.

Someone at the peace camp had told the Russians to approach Craig Burke, as he knew who Peter Ingles really was.

Taking to Twitter to air their thoughts on the ending, one person wrote: “What a load of twaddle! So unrealistic and the ending was like a squib fizzling out with no explosion or effects.”

A second tweeted: “Thought #Vigil was brilliant up until the last episode, was expecting a few more twists and turns, all very predictable in the end.”

A third added: “#Vigil was actually a pile of pants wasn’t it? Pithy ending and woeful acting throughout!”

Someone else posted: “Little bit let down by the ending to be honest. All seemed very rushed but glad she got out of the tube. #Vigil.”



DCI Silva, played by Suranne Jones, was sent down to investigate the murder of Martin Compston’s character, Craig Burke
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Another person fumed: “What a crap ending on tonight’s Vigil. Such a good series and a really poor final episode. I’m sure the writers could have come up with something better than that #BBC1#Vigil.”

Others spotted a series of blunders as the final episode played out, including a scene where Rose Leslie’s character Detective Sergeant Kirsten Longacre arrested Ben Oakley and then proceeded to question him on a bench in the street.

“So police arrest people and question them on a bench in the street? This is so far fetched #Vigil,” someone tweeted.



The sixth episode saw Russian spy Matthew Doward arrested and interrogated
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Another added: “#Vigil this is getting really stupid now. Arrest a suspect and interview him while sat on a bench. Then the dc is locked in a flooding torpedo tube and shouting. I was thinking tap tap. Eventually cap goes to investigate, next minute he’s back in command centre. Just pathetic.”

Another moment came as DCI Silva found herself trapped in a torpedo and tried desperately to make enough noise in order for someone to come and save her.

After screaming and shouting for ages, DCI Silva finally remembered that she knows Morse Code and started banging a message from inside the torpedo.



Viewers got a final glimpse of Martin Compston’s character at the end of episode six
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Someone finally heard her, but some viewers found this far-fetched too.

“Thumping, kicking and screaming – nothing. Tapping gently in morse code – OMFG SOMEONE IS IN THERE #Vigil,” one person tweeted.

However, other people tuning in at home were satisfied with how the series wrapped up and are keen for a second season.

“No idea why anyone is whinging about vigil it was good drama from 1 to 6 not like we sat for 8 years for a awful ending. #vigil,” one argued.

Another agreed and tweeted: “I loved the ending to #Vigil, I think it was all tied up nicely.”

And a third viewer added: “#Vigil brilliant show. Great ending. But intense for a Sunday evening but very good!”

Vigil is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.


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