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Martin Compston hits back at troll after they slam Vigil’s ‘c**p’ ending

Vigil star Martin Compston was quick to hit back at a social media troll on Sunday after they slammed the ‘c**p’ finale of the BBC thriller.

The Line Of Duty star, who played Chief Petty Officer Craig Burke, joked that he will need to sack his agent after starring in two of the highest-rated dramas of the year, after viewers took to social media to react to the ‘stressful’ conclusion.

Sunday’s finale of the thrilling series saw lead actress Suranne Jones find herself in a perilous scenario, as the identity of Burke’s killer was finally revealed.

Snapped back: Vigil star Martin Compston was quick to hit back at a social media troll on Sunday after they slammed the ‘c**p’ finale of the BBC thriller 

Martin responded to one outspoken troll who didn’t hold back in sharing their thoughts about the finale.

They wrote: ‘So that’s #vigil and #lineofduty that had really c**p endings, choose the next series wisely @martin_compston you don’t want to make it a hat trick’

The actor then responded: ‘I know David pal I’ve made an a**e of it. One of the biggest new dramas of the year the other biggest drama of the year/century. Agents for the sack.’ 

Savage: The Line Of Duty star, who played Chief Petty Officer Craig Burke, joked that he will need to sack his agent after starring in two of the highest-rated dramas of the year

Savage: The Line Of Duty star, who played Chief Petty Officer Craig Burke, joked that he will need to sack his agent after starring in two of the highest-rated dramas of the year

His post was immediately liked by his Line of Duty co-star Vicky McClure, and the police drama’s creator Jed Mercurio.

It comes after viewers were left on the edge of their seats by the heart-stopping finale.    

Suranne plays DCI Amy Silva in the series – a cop leading an investigation when a Scottish fishing trawler vanishes, while a murder takes place on-board a nuclear submarine elsewhere. 

Less than 10 minutes into the first episode, Chief Petty Officer Craig Burke, played by Line of Duty’s Martin Compston was found dead in his bunk on HMS Vigil.

DCI Silva then comes aboard to solve the mystery, which appears to be a heroin overdose, but she soon discovered drugs had been planted on the submarine to cover up a murder instead.  

Drama! Sunday's finale of the thrilling series saw lead actress Suranne Jones find herself in a perilous scenario, as the identity of Burke's killer was finally revealed

Drama! Sunday’s finale of the thrilling series saw lead actress Suranne Jones find herself in a perilous scenario, as the identity of Burke’s killer was finally revealed

Initially, DCI Silva thought CPO Burke had died after hitting his head during a fight with Lt Commander Mark Prentice (Adam James).

But  she soon realised he’d been poisoned by chef Jackie Hamilton (Anita Vettesse), who was forced to puta nerve agent into his food as part of a deal to get her son of prison.

But in a dark twist of events, Jackie accidentally released the nerve agent, killing herself in the process.

Jackie was put up to it by Russian operatives who wanted Burke dead after discovering he was  putting together a dossier on Navy corruption.

He had refused to help Russian intelligence operative Peter ‘Pietr’ Ingles (Sam Redford).

‘I was told what Jackie was going to do in exchange for getting her son out.

‘There is a guy at the peace camp – he told Russians to approach Burke however Burke turned them down flat,’ Pietr revealed. 

The death meant a replacement sonar operator needed to be flown out, with  evil CPO Matthew Doward (Lorne MacFadyen) replacing Burke. 

The finale saw Burke continue with his plan to get Vigil to surface, so the Russians could carry out their plans.    

Elsewhere in the episode,  DCI Silva found herself trapped in a torpedo tube as it filled with water during the tense climax, with it slowly filling up with water. Kicking, screaming and struggling to breathe, Silva was seen slipping in and out of consciousness, blacking out.

Fans of the series were gripped, with many taking to Twitter to comment on the ‘tense’, ‘stressful’ and ‘claustrophobic’ sequence on screen.

‘Never felt as claustrophobic as I do watching #Vigil,’ one posted.

Another penned: ‘I don’t know why I do this to myself and watch #Vigil it gives me the worst anxiety.’

Tense! Suranne plays DCI Amy Silva in the series - a cop leading an investigation when a Scottish fishing trawler vanishes, while a murder takes place on-board a nuclear submarine

Tense! Suranne plays DCI Amy Silva in the series – a cop leading an investigation when a Scottish fishing trawler vanishes, while a murder takes place on-board a nuclear submarine

‘This episode is making me hold my breath & it’s stressing me out! #vigil,’ another tweeted.

Viewers have been gripped by Vigil, with its clever plot twists and unexplained death, all set on a nuclear submarine.

The finale was watched by an average overnight audience of 7.1 million viewers, with a 39.4 per cent share and a peak of 7.3 million viewers, as reports the BBC on Monday.

The programme’s production designer Tom Sayer had his work cut out creating an authentic set for the drama.

Basic components of the set – based at the BBC’s Dumbarton studios in Scotland – were created using marine-grade MDF or plywood.

Behind-the-scenes: With very little information to go off due to the Royal Navy's strict security protocols, the programme's production designer Tom Sayer had his work cut out creating an authentic set for the drama

Behind-the-scenes: With very little information to go off due to the Royal Navy’s strict security protocols, the programme’s production designer Tom Sayer had his work cut out creating an authentic set for the drama

Process: Mr Sayer had begun by studying the design of former submariners to learn about their inner workings. His sketches were then turned into a convincing 310ft-long set in three-and-a-half months

Process: Mr Sayer had begun by studying the design of former submariners to learn about their inner workings. His sketches were then turned into a convincing 310ft-long set in three-and-a-half months

There is another mystery at the heart of the BBC show – namely, what exactly a nuclear submarine is even supposed to look like

There is another mystery at the heart of the BBC show – namely, what exactly a nuclear submarine is even supposed to look like

It was then coated in paint or clad with laminate sheets before being trimmed with aluminium strip to make it look as realistic as possible.

Sayer had begun by studying the design of former submariners to learn about their inner workings. His sketches were then turned into a convincing 310ft-long set in three-and-a-half months. 

‘We got advice on the layout and detailing from ex-submariners,’ he told Radio Times.

‘We’d say to one, ‘Imagine if a guy left the missile deck, where does he walk to? What’s through that door?’ ‘Then we’d ask another one about where the bomb shop was in relation to the control room, so we could jigsaw it together.’

Vigil can be streamed on BBC iPlayer. 

Submarine: Basic components of the set – based at the BBC's Dumbarton studios in Scotland – were created using marine-grade MDF or plywood

Submarine: Basic components of the set – based at the BBC’s Dumbarton studios in Scotland – were created using marine-grade MDF or plywood

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews the weekend’s TV: Great cast, good action but Vigil is torpedoed by its dotty plotline 

Rating:

You wouldn’t want the headache Shaun Evans must have this morning. Not only was he falling-down drunk as DS Morse but, over on the other side in Vigil (BBC1), a dose of nerve gas left him frothing.

The gas seeped up his trouser leg, after he ripped his hazmat suit disposing of a canister of bio-warfare chemicals aboard his nuclear submarine. Luckily, heroic policewoman DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) was able to give him a quick washdown with bleach.

That seemed to cure the worst of his symptoms. Maybe Donald Trump, who advocated injections of bleach as an antidote for Covid, was on to something.

DCI Amy had less luck. Already tormented by claustrophobic nightmares of drowning in confined spaces, she was shoved into a torpedo tube by a Russian spy, who then started filling it with water.

Vigil, which began with a preposterously far-fetched premise, got more crackers by the week

Vigil, which began with a preposterously far-fetched premise, got more crackers by the week

She escaped by hammering on the walls of her iron coffin in Morse code. That’s Shaun Evans and Morse on BBC1, Shaun Evans as Morse on ITV.

What are the chances?

This wasn’t even the strangest coincidence of the evening. After an international incident that left U.S. warships sinking British trawlers, and all that business with the Kremlin’s secret agent, a Scottish peace campaigner tried to betray Vigil’s secrets to the Chinese. The UK was now in a stand-off with all three superpowers. I don’t fancy our chances in World War III. 

Vigil, which began with a preposterously far-fetched premise, got more crackers by the week. It couldn’t decide whether to be a murder mystery, a police procedural, a political thriller, a war movie or a disaster epic.

Ludicrous though it all was, I’ll miss Vigil. The cast, co-starring Martin Compston, Paterson Joseph, Stephen Dillane and Adam James, has been outstanding

Ludicrous though it all was, I’ll miss Vigil. The cast, co-starring Martin Compston, Paterson Joseph, Stephen Dillane and Adam James, has been outstanding

Woven into these conflicting genres was a double domestic drama. Amy was fighting a custody battle over her stepdaughter, while yearning for her lesbian lover, DS Kirsten (Rose Leslie), who also happened to be her police partner.

Most of this took place aboard the world’s most spacious sub. At one point, a crew member complained to her captain that it would take her at least five minutes to run the length of the ship. By my calculation, that means HMS Vigil is about half a mile long . . . bigger than most supertankers.

Ludicrous though it all was, I’ll miss Vigil. The cast, co-starring Martin Compston, Paterson Joseph, Stephen Dillane and Adam James, has been outstanding.

And while the control room of the sub looked more like the Starship Enterprise’s flight deck, it was good to see a lavish production with a big budget for CGI and a flair for Hollywood action set-pieces.


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