Vigil viewers shocked as leading character dies within minutes of BBC show airing

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Social media users have been left shocked as a major character dies within minutes as new BBC One drama Vigil aired.

While working on a submarine, Line of Duty actor Martin Compston's character was seen amongst other famous faces reporting an emergency.

After a disagreement with his seniors, Martin's character is escorted to his room to "cool off," but he is later found dead after a suspected drug overdose.

Taking to Twitter, Vigil viewers expressed their shock at the sudden death of the character within minutes of the show airing.

"I am watching #Vigil purely for Martin Compston and he dies within the first 8 minutes, I haven’t been this upset since this Line of Duty finale," wrote one.

Another added: "They killed ole Steve Arnott off in the first 10 minutes?! This is worse than the H reveal #vigil."

Another said: "can’t believe vigil baited me with the line of duty guy only to kill him off 5 mins in."

A fourth said: "WHAT???!!!! #Vigil"

The new show already seems to have viewers hooked, with Suranne Jones taking the lead role in the BBC series as DCI Amy Silva.

Viewers will see that Amy will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of the complicated case from the very moment she’s dramatically brought in by helicopter – scenes Suranne couldn’t wait to get her teeth into.

However, the actress admitted that filming the sequences took their toll on her body and by the end she’d sustained a couple of different injuries.

Suranne revealed: “I got whiplash, I put my back out a couple of times… I was covered in bruises.”

The mum-of-one, who is married to magazine editor Laurence Akers, continued: “Every time I went home my husband was like, ‘What the hell have they done to you now?’”

She added: “It was fun to do and I watch the finished series and go, ‘Oh, Amy’s great!’ but I was hobbling home and having Epsom salt baths during filming.“

While she’s helicoptered in to discover if there’s more to a suspected overdose than meets the eye, her colleague DS Kirsten Longacre (Game Of Thrones star Rose Leslie) pieces together evidence on land.

The pair work well together, with Kirsten feeding Amy information via heavily monitored telegrams. But there’s a reason for their clearly close relationship and invaluable shorthand – the pair are ex-lovers.

As the women delve deeper into the case, viewers discover more about their shared past. Can they make the perfect team once more and crack the case?

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